Tattoos during application?

#1
Hello, I've completed my application and physical/medical tests for the RN, and am now waiting for a joining date. I was wondering am I allowed to get a tattoo before phase 1 (obviously abiding by the regulations) and if so would I have to contact my careers office? Thank you in advance.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
#2
This has been done to death previously, type tattoo into the search box.

Best advice is to wait until you are clear of training before you get one, this avoids the possibility of getting an infection and that effecting your training.
 

l4l4

Midshipman
#4
I didn't get one but when I went for my briefing they asked if I had any more and if I did to circle and describe on the sheet they gave you at your first interview. Just ring your afco and ask.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#5
As long as the tattoo complies with the regulations (Not visible in parade uniform, not offensive, excessive etc) you just need to update the tattoo proforma at your AFCO about a month prior to entry.

Three bits of caution:

  • Tattoos that indicate country of origin, religion, nationality or military affiliation can limit employment opportunities or potential in areas of diplomatically sensitive roles.

(For the hard of thinking - Special Forces. Not a bar but tasking maybe affected)


  • What many may consider a "cool" tattoo prior to joining the Armed Forces, can often turn out to be pretty "naff" in the services. (Is naff still cool, I wonder? Sick mebee)
  • A tattoo when fresh is an open wound - not good immediately before entering into the rigours of training or indeed whilst rolling around in muddy puddles of fetid water, but what you do in your spare time is your own business, I guess.
 
#6
I didn't get one but when I went for my briefing they asked if I had any more and if I did to circle and describe on the sheet they gave you at your first interview. Just ring your afco and ask.
If that's you on your avatar, that would have been a long sheet!!
 
#11
No tats, apart from where I accidentally stabbed my arm with one on those huge comedy pencils at Alton Towers, have a little grey mark still where I pulled the lead out.
 
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guns1969

Lantern Swinger
#13
I, like many other people, have got no tats, not saying 'don't have any' - but be aware that on some people they look great, on some people they look crap !
 

l4l4

Midshipman
#14
Yeah that's me and they just told me to put sleeve hahaha.
I meant I didn't get any more during application though
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#18
Just been reading through previous threads, and cant find anything specific enough on what would be classed as excessive, would something like this be acceptable?
Yep, looks OK...assuming the upper bit doesn't extend beyond the neckline on a teeshirt and the wristy extremity doesn't go beyond that funny knobbly, sticky-out bone on the wrist that probably has a technical medical name.
 

l4l4

Midshipman
#20
It's the radius isn't it?? However, on the inside of my wrist my tattoos go beyond that point and no one had said anything to me
 
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