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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2004, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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OT- Calling all Marines

Hey guys,

A friend of mine has applied to the Marine Corps, but the Marine Officer in charge of evaluating tattoos has postponed his acceptance citing the "hand rule" (?size of tattoo) until he can go through tatto removal surgery on his right arm. One of the reasons, he was told, is that he has tattoos on both sides of his forearm, and that is his saluting hand.

Has anyone heard of this, or can you give us any further info as his recruiter was not clear on the issue.

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Its true, but usually I thought you could get a waiver. I went through Marine boot camp with a guy who had a tatoo of an 8 ball on the back of his neck. You could see it in any uniform he wore. Must be a pretty vulgar tattoo if they wouldn't give him a waiver.
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Must be a pretty vulgar tattoo if they wouldn't give him a waiver.

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jcarcrew,

It's actually not, on the inside of his forearm his name, Brian, is spelled out in Blue black letters, and on the outside, from inner elbow to wrist, is an thin-lined outline of a panther, again, blue black. It's not filled in with color, just an outline. Can he apply for a waiver, or is he out of luck and now has to join the Navy?

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I fwd'd your question to our command's sergeant major and asked if he could help us out... having never been 'in' recruiting, I have no idea myself. I'll post his answer when he gets back to me.
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Uh, I do not know since it has been 10 years since I joined the Marines. He may want to try another recruiter, or wait until after October 1st since the fiscal year ends then. They may have more demand for recruiting numbers and may give a waiver then.
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hmm.. this is new to me also...I know I have several guys here that dont have a patch of natural color from wrist to elbow....I seriously doubt all that happened in the 1.5 years these guys have been in.
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Re: OT- Calling all Marines

Not to mention the folks I knew with "FTS" tatted on the bottom of their forearms (seen everytime they saluted).

Depending on *WHAT* his desired MOS is...I know the guys at 8th&amp;I, Embassy Guard, etc. couldn't have tats viewable below a short sleeve shirt length..

From what I saw 20 years ago, there were guys covered from head to toe within a year. The only issues I ever saw were a ban on tats from HongKong (maybe other places too?) due to questionable sterile conditions/use of bamboo needles/etc.
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I fwd'd your question to our command's sergeant major and asked if he could help us out... having never been 'in' recruiting, I have no idea myself. I'll post his answer when he gets back to me.

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Thanks much, Brian's a good kid and his dad was very proud (having been in the corps himself). Any info would be helpful.

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Re: OT- Calling all Marines

heck out STA platoon out in cali looked like a biker gang [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

remember EVRYTHING is waiverable if you can find a recruiter who is willing to do a little work for someone who has the desire. I'd find another recruiter.

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Here's the reply from the Sgt Maj:

"Just a few motivating words from your Sergeant Major. ALMAR 194/96 and MCO P1020.34 are the regulations pertaining to Tattoos. Now there was a proposed draft Feb 02 that further define the regulations for Tattoos however I don't know if that policy was ever implemented. That draft talks about excessive tattoos which is define as when the combined tattoo coverage on a particular body part, i.e. leg or an arm, exceeds one-quarter of the respective body part's exposed surface area while the Marine wears the standard physical training uniform, per paragraph 2008. Individual tattoos exposed by the uniform will be no larger in size that the wear's hand with fingers extended and joined with the thumb touching the base of the index finger. Tattoos visible above the collarbone in the front and above the first cervical vertebrae in the back, or are otherwise visible due to the open collar of the short sleeve khaki shirt, are prohibited."
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