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  1. 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??
  2. as far as i know they cant be on show but dont take it as gospel
  4. 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:
  5. 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.
  6. IF it is visible with your hair up/short hair you may have a problem.
  7. 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.
  8. Arrangements can be made, see Blackrat for further details.
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    You obviously haven't seen some of the women He's trapped
  13. 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 .
  14. As I have nothing better to do than paste bits of BRs into message boards, here is the extract from BR81 (Uniform Regs):

    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.
  15. Thanks, that was really helpful :)

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