Thoughts – USAF Revised Tattoo Policy

So I read earlier this week that the USAF has greatly relaxed their tattoo policy.

Their policy was originally at most 25% coverage of any visible body part (with the exception of head/face, neck and hands which cannot have any ink) and of course nothing vulgar or offensive. Gone is the 25% rule and you can now have a single “wedding band” on one finger of one hand.

I thought this was great news and a huge step toward more mainstream acceptance of tattoos (and piercings for that matter) in the work place and the military. I’m hoping other military branches follow suit, also start allowing piercings and eventually remove restrictions on any part of the body. I’m perfectly fine with objectionable tattoos remaining forbidden. Of course, I’m a proponent of instituting body modifications as a protected class so of course I cheer this and similar efforts on.

I’ve come to the realization that tattoos will only become more accepted when governments and businesses start their social paradigm shift on them (at which point the general public will shift with them). We’re making progress, but we still have a long way to go.

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