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Tattoos

Shavila

Midshipman
What are the rules regarding tattoos in the navy. I have a tiny ( like the size of a 5p) celtic knot behind my ear. Is this going to be a problem??
 

Haggis_Catcher

War Hero
Shavila said:
What are the rules regarding tattoos in the navy. I have a tiny ( like the size of a 5p) celtic knot behind my ear. Is this going to be a problem??
as far as i know they cant be on show but dont take it as gospel
 

RadioSilence

Lantern Swinger
TATTOOS/BODY PIERCING

The Armed Forces have a policy on Tattoos and Body Piercing as follows:

a. Tattoos. Any tattoo(s) which is/are offensive or obscene will be a bar to entry or re-entry. Additionally tattoos should not be visible on the head and neck. Furthermore any tattoo(s) excessive in size or number may be a bar to entry or re-entry. You may be asked to complete a form describing your tattoos.
 
Asked before and answered already.

use the RR "S E A R C H" facility.

Return only when more familiar with this site and having seen what has already been answered to suchlike regular questions as yours.

PS Are your ears/noses pierced with dangly bling, too?

:roll: :roll: :roll:
 

Shavila

Midshipman
I was asking in order to obtain a general opinion. Just so you know I looked in the frequently asked questions post at the top of the newbie page.

They are not actually. PS: Nose isn't plural.
 

RadioSilence

Lantern Swinger
Shavila said:
I was asking in order to obtain a general opinion. Just so you know I looked in the frequently asked questions post at the top of the newbie page.

They are not actually. PS: Nose isn't plural.

You don't want to get a general opinion, you want to get the facts. I would advise you to use the RN website and/or call your AFCO. Plus, use the search function for this site, and you will often find a lot of useful info that has been posted when other people have asked the same questions.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Shavila said:
What are the rules regarding tattoos in the navy. I have a tiny ( like the size of a 5p) celtic knot behind my ear. Is this going to be a problem??

Yep, it most likely will be a problem if you have a tattoo on the head, neck or hands.

Have a read of this news article from last year.

Your best bet is to ask your local AFCO as they are the ones who will say "Yes" or "No". The general consensus in cyber-space carries little sway with recruiting regulations unfortunately.
 
I was there today and had to fill the tattoo performa sheet in.
The guy told me that aslong as they can be covered up, ie by long sleeves and not visible then its fine and ive been cleared for my tattoos.
 

Stirling

Banned
sparkerbuntingnowcis said:
When I was on Edinburgh a couple of years ago, a couple of people including one chief had the back of their neck's tattoo'd.

Maybe times are a'changing.

Yes but they probably had the ink done once in the mob, the guidlines for new entrants is clear, nothing on the face or neck that is visible when in uniform.

The 2 guys you mentioned probably got a bollocking when their's were first spotted .
 

SEP86

War Hero
As I have nothing better to do than paste bits of BRs into message boards, here is the extract from BR81 (Uniform Regs):

0217
h. Body Art (Tattoos):
(1) Tattoos which are visible when No1 uniform is being worn, whether because they extend beyond the collar or cuff, or because they are being worn on the face, neck or hands, are not acceptable, are contrary to current regulations and must not be acquired. Officer and Senior Rate tropical No1 uniform do expose forearms and lower upper arms. Regulations permit the exposure of tattoos in these areas, provided they conform to the rules governing all tattoos wherever they may be.
(2) Tattoos are not acceptable if they are judged by the Commanding Officer, or at the recruiting stage the Recruiting Officer, prior to enlistment into the Naval Service, reasonably likely to:
(a) Undermine the authority or dignity of the Service or bring discredit to the Service.
(b) Offend others or invite provocation, for example because they are
obscene, lewd, crude, or intimidating or are in any way offensive to members of any minority group.
(c) Affect the employability of the wearer, for example by making it
unacceptable for that person to parade or stand guard in public, or,
depending on Branch/Specialisation and career profile, to engage on special operations.
In addition, visible tattoos must not be garish or numerous or particularly
prominent (which will depend on its size and location). Commanding Officers may order personnel with tattoos, which contravene the provisions above, but are not visible in No1 uniform, to cover them up.
(3) Serving personnel who presently have tattoos, which contravene the
regulations will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the chain of command who will make a judgement based on when the tattoo was acquired and under what circumstances. Personnel acquiring tattoos that contravene the Service policy set out at sub para (2), will be invited to have their tattoos removed at their own expense. Acquisition of tattoos in contravention of the regulations and policy will result in disciplinary action and subsequent failure to remove tattoos is most likely to result in administrative discharge SHORE after an appropriate period on warning.
 
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