Tattoos?

#1
I was wondering if anyone knows the policy on tattoos in the RFA? I have 25 tattoos in total mostly on my fore arms and upper arms,all of them a traditional style i.e daggers,hearts,swallows,pin-ups etc etc.Id just like know if this would to know if this would hold me back?
 

theymademedoit

Lantern Swinger
#2
The general rule of thumb is as long as they are not visible whilst wearing your Nos 1's (Best dress uniform) it's okay i.e nothing below the wrist, on the neck, face or head. I knew a lad who had a tattoo that had to be covered before he was allowed to join also as it was deemed "offensive"; in his case it was of a "Political nature". What you have sounds fine. I didn't have any tattoo's before I joined now I have quite a few, it's pretty standard to have a "Gash Tat" run when away overseas. I hope this is of some help to you and good luck!
 
#4
C.Morgan said:
I was wondering if anyone knows the policy on tattoos in the RFA? I have 25 tattoos in total mostly on my fore arms and upper arms,all of them a traditional style i.e daggers,hearts,swallows,pin-ups etc etc.Id just like know if this would to know if this would hold me back?
Funnily enough I spoke to the RFA recruiting section about this the other day. No bar to entry on any tattoos. So you should be OK with them matey

SM
:)
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#5
Yep, the RFA Recruiting Blurb (quoted in this thread: http://www.navy-net.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=28790/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=0.html )states the following:

Ninja_Stoker said:
Medical standards for entry differ markedly from RN medical standards, where conditions such as asthma or short sight are treated on a case by case basis.

Candidates with visible tattoos are not disregarded as long as the design is not offensive.

I'm assuming RFA people aren't easily offended.
 
#6
RFA don't really wear 'No1 uniforms' (well, Officer type chap's wear nice ice cream suits out the Gulf and Carribean and that), and I don't think anyone in the company would give a flying one about where your tatoo's are mate.

I've sailed with lads with them up on their neck and all kinds.

You'll be fine.
 
#7
No bar to entry as SM and NS have mentioned above, however if they are offensive (in any way), then you may have snags when you get to training.
 
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