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BREAKING – According to a leaked email apparently sent by a sergeant major from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, the U.S. Marine Corps may soon be loosening its policy on Marines sporting ink. The email with details of a potential new policy was posted to the unofficial USMC Reddit page Tuesday morning but quickly deleted.

As the consistently most traditional military branch, and perhaps the most image conscious, the Corps has continued to enforce the strictest ink policy in the Department of Defense.

The Marine Times reported that if true: “the Marine Corps may soon allow sleeve tattoos, an unlimited number of tattoos for officers, and allow future recruiters and drill instructors to sport visible ink.”

Currently, Marine Corps officers are restricted to four visible tattoos while wearing the physical training uniform. All Marines face size restrictions for visible tattoos, while almost all tattoos on the neck, face, elbow, hands or knees are banned.

Maj. Jim Stenger confirmed to Marine Corps Times Tuesday morning that the Marines “are currently evaluating the tattoo policy and we will publish an update shortly.” However, notes the Marine Times, “Stenger said the email on Reddit likely came from a Marine leader giving a heads up on possible changes coming to Marine Corps policy. He insisted that no decisions on the tattoo policy are final.”

“That’s all predecisional and nothing in there has been decided upon by the decision-makers in the process of approving any changes,” Stenger said in DoD bureaucratese.

According to the leaked email, most restrictions on size, number and placement of tattoos will be gone with the Marine Corps focusing more on the content of the tattoos.

As the Marine Corps Times explained:

If the Corps does change its tattoo policy to allow all but some hand, face and neck tattoos, one of the bigger complaints by Marines will disappear.

On Wednesday the Corps asked Marines which non-monetary incentives would convince them to reenlist.

Apparently, more ink was high on their list.  Now the question is – Should the Marines loosen their standards? Sound Off Below. 

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Guest
Guest
1 month ago

I can understand tattoos for marine corp soldiers if they help Marines to show their pride in being marines but some people get addicted to the needle for real they get tattoos anywhere and everywhere to try and satisfy that euphoria that comes from the pain kicking in the endorphins
the human body can make painkiller type of chemicals released by getting hurt or inflicting pain on the. Body one when artificially manufactured as a substitute for heroin because it supposedly wouldn’t be addictive because your body can produce it turned out to be vw 100Xs stronger and more addictive than heroin

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest

They might consider what those tats look like 20 yrs later and save some regret

Dan
Dan
1 month ago

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Albert Hess
Albert Hess
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

That is the day Sleepy Old Joe beat beat XpreswidentRump.

Jack Powers
Jack Powers
1 month ago
Reply to  Albert Hess

with the last name HESS, You’ll make a great Socialist-tyrant, pea-brain. Jack Powers

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Powers

globalist puppet, libby snow flake sheep hess says; “baa baa baa”.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Albert Hess

You have a better chance of becoming a unicorn and 1,000 different genders than globalist puppet, chester biden winning president

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Albert Hess

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Jack65
Jack65
1 month ago
Reply to  Albert Hess

That’s the day Soros had Hess for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pawn
Pawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Albert Hess

Albert again.. You are ammusing but if your not just trying to incite and you truely believe this crap then you are a true moron and please don’t breed because surely your off spring will be as stupid as you are… jus sayin

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

globalists voter fraud, globalist puppet chester biden was behind 20 – 30% in most states and then globalists simply projected chester biden to win .

Gene Williams
Gene Williams
1 month ago

Tattoos used to be only for sailors, whores, and alcoholics. Now, they have gone mainstream.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
1 month ago
Reply to  Gene Williams

Trump supporters?