Uniform and Tattoo Policy

#1
Apologies if a similar topic has been covered before in this forum.

But I was wondering if a tattoo on my lower leg is going to cause me problems upon joining in terms of wearing the proper uniform.
Is it compulsory for females to wear skirts as part of any official uniform? And if so, does this include any hosiery which covers the lower legs?

Many thanks in advance.
 
#2
Someone will be able to give you the official answer but i can tell you what i think, there was a girl in the AFCO when i was there who had a tattoo on her leg, wasn't racist or sexist or anything "improper" she was fine...

Also all the photos i have seen the females have been wearing what looks like the same trousers as the males.

Someone will be along soon though for you i am sure.

Good luck.
 
#8
#13
Apologies if a similar topic has been covered before in this forum.

But I was wondering if a tattoo on my lower leg is going to cause me problems upon joining in terms of wearing the proper uniform.
Is it compulsory for females to wear skirts as part of any official uniform? And if so, does this include any hosiery which covers the lower legs?

Many thanks in advance.
No it wont, unless it is of an offence nature. No it isn't.

But it has been done on this forum a number times - I am fairly sure I have copied and pasted the rules at some point in the past.
 
#14
From my post of 17/12/09 http://www.navy-net.co.uk/newbies/52993-tattoos-2.html#post904674

Although note that BR81 is now in BR3 I think - I doubt the words have changed much though.

Re: Tattoos

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.​
 
#15
But I was wondering if a tattoo on my lower leg is going to cause me problems upon joining in terms of wearing the proper uniform.
Is it compulsory for females to wear skirts as part of any official uniform? And if so, does this include any hosiery which covers the lower legs?
To be fair there is a rating onboard HMS Diamond with tatooed eyebrows so i shouldnt worry about your leg!!

But she is a woman so those rules don't apply probably in case there is an equality issue for her getting a bollocking
 
#16
Thank you all for both the useful and the entertaining responses!
Assuming tattoos must be covered, my original question still stands:
Is it compulsory for women to wear skirts on certain occasions? Or is it always optional, even in formal dress?
 
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#19
By having tattooed eyebrows do you mean that she has eyebrows tattooed on or that she has tattoos in and around her eyebrows (not in natural hair colours)?
Cosmetic eyebrows tattooed on surely. Regardless, she shouldn't have got through the door. And if she had it done whilst in, she should be discharged.
 
#20
No its purely cosmetic, RPO got a shitty on with a guy who's tattoo went septic and wanted to troop him, it all fell through when a representation was put in that her tattoo'd eyebrows had a similar effect to her and nobody did a thing.

Such is life i guess
 
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