posted Oct 13, 2016, 6:52 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Draven

    Pocomoke City, MD-  Are you interested in enlisting the navy but have tattoos? No problem. As of Saturday the 24 of what month?the navy has loosened the rules on having tattoos in the navy.

    Under the new rules, there will be no limit to the size or number of tattoos sailors can have below the elbow and the knee. Previous rules restricted the sizes of tattoos on arms and legs. Sailors can have a neck tattoo now, although it cannot be longer than an inch in any direction.

    They changed it because they realized most teens now have tattoos and they don't want the ones that are actually interested in being in the navy not get in because they have tattoos. “We need to make sure that we’re not missing any opportunities to recruit and retain the best and the brightest because of our policies.” says  Mike .D. Stevens, Master Chief Petty to New York Times.

    John-Henry Doucette, who served from 1991 to 1996, was told about the relaxed tattoo rules, he said, “It doesn’t sound like the Navy I served in”. But, Mr. Doucette said, “if it helps attract young, smart recruits, all the better, adding that it does not matter what sailors look like or how many tattoos they have. What does matter, he said, is: “Do your work. Be good to each other. Have a good ship.”

    Many agree with this and some don’t. But what's the harm in it. They’re just tattoos, which have nothing to do with what job or part of military you want to join. This just means there's going to be more people in the navy who can help when something goes bad, which is a good thing.

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