U.S Navy Changes Tattoo Regulations in Order to Bring Millennials Aboard

navy tattooOver half (53%) of employed workers are open to finding a new job even if they are not looking actively. And the United States Navy is hoping to win over some of these job seekers with the implementation of their new rules regarding tattoos.

The Navy is becoming more lenient this month when it comes to ink. Citing that their strict tattoo requirements have made it difficult to attract Millennials, the U.S. military branch has now relaxed its standards for new recruits.

Sailors are now allowed to have their tattoos extend past their elbows and knees. They even can have tattoos up to one inch on their necks.

Navy Personnel Lieutenant Commander Nate Christensen said that this act is driven by a new standard of appearances put forth by Millennials across the nation.

More and more young people have tattoos, and even though the Pentagon has stayed firm in their commitment to professional appearance, they decided to become more tolerant to bring in more recruits.

Christensen tells Jefferson Public Radio, “This policy change really is about being honest with ourselves and ultimately putting policies in place that reflect tattoo realities across America. We have the most talented sailors we’ve ever had in the Navy, but this is also about looking forward and making sure that our recruiting and retention are as good in the future as they are today.”

Tattoos are nothing new in the Navy. There is a whole exhibit at the Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton, WA, that details the rich history of sailors and body art.

Curators are able to trace back naval tattoos to the 1700s, where the sailors would tattoo their initials and birth dates on their arms for identification if their body was discovered at sea.

The sailors would tattoo themselves by taking needles used to sew a ship’s sail, dip it in ink, and poke their skin. Not only was the process not sanitary, it was extremely painful.

These tattoo regulations have not been updated in 1909. The other branches of the military have kept their regulations the same.

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