posted on Sep, 23 2013 @ 11:57 PM
If a person can kill or be killed for their country they should be allowed to make decisions concerning their own body that will be used to perform
such tasks. Within reason.
Professionalism? Tattooing is popular BECAUSE of it's proliferation by military personnel over last century, specifically the US Navy.
They are punishing their own creation. The policies concerning tattoos in the military have been in a constant state of flux for the last 20 years.
Saying tattoos are ugly is like saying that paintings are ugly. Yeah sure, many of them suck and are badly rendered but if someone can't accept the
fact that many of them are unique priceless works of art then they are living in a very small, boring and dimly lit world.
If the military wants a robot army then it should build one using robots, not people. Uniformity and conformism, okay I get it, but morale is just as
important. Tattoos or not, they still all look like the same bad-ass. That's why they all get a new wardrobe and haircut. That's why they all go to
boot camp and basic training.
It's another control mechanism for those already enlisted and a way to curb the flow of new recruits. These policies really are ridiculous.
Besides... what of all the troops that already have illicit ink when these policies go into effect? So much for uniformity and professionalism from
those putting these policies in place. It is hardly uniform or professional to have a thousand exceptions to the rule running around on base when
it's decided to instate new rules.
They already give up enough only to serve. Cut the troops some slack ffs.
I know a guy that was rejected from military service because of his awesome body art. They missed out on having one hell of a fighter. He is in better
shape than those turds down at the recruiting office. (Again, professionalism?) He's also a martial arts instructor and expert marksman, if that's
not an asset to any war effort then what the hell are they doing out there on the proving grounds?