Military Uniform Gouge
The latest US Military Uniform News, Information and Updates
Military Uniform Gouge

Army AR 670-1 CHANGES


Military Ribbon Rack Builder

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 31, 2014) -- The number, size and placement of tattoos have been dialed back under revised Army Regulation 670-1, which governs the Army's grooming standards and proper wear of the uniform.

The revised regulation was published yesterday, along with Department of the Army Pamplet 670-1, outlining the new standards. Effective dates for the various changes can also be found in All Army Activity message, or ALARACT 082-2014.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III addressed why the changes were made.

"The Army is a profession, and one of the ways our leaders and the American public measure our professionalism is by our appearance," he said. "Wearing of the uniform, as well as our overall military appearance, should be a matter of personal pride for all Soldiers.

"Every Soldier has the responsibility to understand and follow these standards," he continued. "Leaders at all levels also have a responsibility to interpret and enforce these standards, which begins by setting the example."



Some of the changes include:

TATTOOS

Tattoos cannot be located anywhere on the neck or head above the lines of a T-shirt. They also cannot be located anywhere below the wrist bone.

Visible band tattoos cannot be longer than two inches wide. There can be no more than one visible band tattoo. Sleeve tattoos on arms or legs are not allowed.

Each visible tattoo below the elbow or knee must be smaller than the size of the wearer's extended hand. There cannot be more than four total tattoos below the elbows or knees.

Soldiers who currently violate these revisions can be grandfathered in as long as commanders validate their current tattoos. Also, each year, commanders much check each Soldier for new tattoos that might be prohibited. The checks will be done when Soldiers are in their physical fitness uniform and do not include tattoos that might be hidden by the shorts or T-shirts.

Prohibited tattoos include those just mentioned, as well as ones that could be deemed extremist, indecent, sexist or racist.

UNIFORMS

Soldiers on official travel and traveling by commercial carrier are no longer allowed to wear the Army Combat Uniform, or ACU. Instead, they must either wear civilian attire or the service uniform.

The only ACU exceptions are when Soldiers are deploying, on rest and recuperation leave to and from theater and when authorized to do so by commanders for emergency leave or casualty assistance duties.

Identification tags must be worn at all times while on duty in uniform unless otherwise directed.

Soldiers can carry plain, black umbrellas only during inclement weather when in service, dress and mess uniforms. However, umbrellas are not allowed in formations or when wearing field or utility uniforms.

Revisions also cover the wearing of badges and tabs, the carrying of bags, sewing on of nametapes, U.S. Army tape and grade insignia; wearing of insignia representing regimental affiliation, windbreakers, all-weather coats and other garments.

MALE GROOMING

Fancy-style haircuts, including the "tear drop," "landing strip" or "Mohawk," and "horseshoe" are no longer authorized.

Sideburns cannot extend below the bottom of the ear opening and cannot be flared or tapered to a point, and the length of the sideburn hair cannot exceed one-eighth of an inch.

A mustache cannot extend past the corners of the mouth and no portion can cover the upper lip line or go higher than the lowest portion of the nose.

Fingernails cannot extend past the tip of the finger and nail polish cannot be worn.

FEMALE GROOMING

Hair must be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned. Bangs are now authorized, as long as they don't fall below the eyebrows. "Bulk of hair," measured from the scalp up, as opposed to the length of hair, will not exceed two inches, except for a bun, which can protrude three inches from the scalp. The bun cannot be wider than the width of the head.

Also hair needs to be properly secured, cannot be unbalanced or lopsided and parting of hair must be in a straight line.

Hair extensions and wigs are now authorized as long as they have the same general appearance as the natural hair and conform to all other hair regulations.

During physical training, women can now wear the full length of their hair in one pony tail that's centered on the back of the head.

Fingernails cannot exceed 1/4 inch from the tip of the finger and only clear nail polish is authorized with all uniforms.

OTHER

Soldiers cannot mutilate their bodies in any manner, such as tongue bifurcation.

Tooth caps or veneers of any unnatural color, design, shape or texture cannot be worn.

Jewelry or objects cannot be attached to, through or under the skin or other body part. This applies to all Soldiers on or off duty. The only exception is that female Soldiers can wear authorized earrings.

Commanders can authorize the wearing of sunglasses in formations or field environments. Glasses of any type cannot be worn on top of the head.

Soldiers cannot walk in such a way as to interfere with saluting, giving salutations or in a manner that detracts from a professional image. Examples include walking while eating, using electronic devices and smoking. All restrictions that apply to cigarettes also apply to tobacco-free cigarettes.

Personnel in civilian clothing, whether on-duty or off-duty, on or off post, must dress in a way that does not detract from the profession.

The wearing of wireless and non-wireless devices such as earpieces while in uniform is prohibited. However, hands-free devices used in a vehicle or bicycle are allowed as long as they are not prohibited by policy or civilian law. 

AR 670-1 Changes Leader Policy Information has been published by the Army

Army ALARACT 082/2014

Find Military Medals and Ribbons for all Branches of Military

Subject: ALARACT 082/2014 ‐ EFFECTIVE DATES TO COINCIDE WITH RELEASE OF
UPDATED AR 670‐1 AND NEW DA PAM 670‐1
Originator: /C=US/O=U.S.
GOVERNMENT/OU=DOD/OU=ARMY/OU=ORGANIZATIONS/L=CONUS/L=WASHINGTON
DC/OU=USAITA(UC)/OU=ALARACT RELEASE AUTHORITY(UC)
DTG: 251513Z Mar 14
Precedence: ROUTINE
DAC: General
To: ALARACT, AL ALARACT(UC)
‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
UNCLASSIFIED/
THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN TRANSMITTED BY USAITA ON BEHALF OF//DAPE‐MSO//
SUBJECT: EFFECTIVE DATES TO COINCIDE WITH RELEASE OF UPDATED AR 670‐1 AND
NEW DA PAM 670‐1
1. REFERENCES:
A. AR 670‐1, WEAR AND APPEARANCE OF ARMY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA, DATED XX
MARCH 2014
B. AR 670‐1, WEAR AND APPEARANCE OF ARMY UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA, DATED XX
MARCH 2014
2. THIS MESSAGE PROVIDES CLARIFYING GUIDANCE FOR EFFECTIVE DATES OF
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ANNOUNCED IN AR 670‐1 AND DA PAM 670‐1.
3. SOLDIERS MUST ADHERE TO NEW ARMY GROOMING STANDARDS, AS OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH
3‐2 OF AR 670‐1, NO LATER THAN 7 DAYS FROM THE RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
4. SOLDIERS MUST INITIATE REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORIZED DENTAL ORNAMENTATION IAW
PARAGRAPH 3‐4F NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS FROM THE RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
5. SOLDIERS MUST ADHERE TO ALL OTHER JEWELRY STANDARDS AS OUTLINED IN
PARAGRAPHS 3‐4A THROUGH 3‐4E UPON RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
6. CURRENTLY SERVING SOLDIERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM OBTAINING NEW TATTOOS
THAT DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 3‐3 OF AR 670‐1 UPON
RELEASE OF AR 670‐1. SOLDIERS NOT GRANDFATHERED (FOR EXAMPLE, A SOLDIER
WITH A HEAD OR FACE TATTOO OR A TATTOO WHICH IS EXTREMIST, INDECENT, SEXIST
OR RACIST) AND THEREFORE NOT IN COMPLIANCE MUST BE PROCESSED IAW PARAGRAPH
3‐3H. COMMANDERS MUST INITIATE THIS PROCESS NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS FROM THE
RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
7. APPLICANTS CONTRACTED FOR SERVICE IN ANY U.S. ARMY COMPONENT OR ENROLLED
IN ANY ACCESSION PROGRAM BEFORE OR CONTRACTED/ENROLLED WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF RELEASE OF AR 670‐1 ARE GRANDFATHERED TO THE PREVIOUSLY
PUBLISHED TATTOO/BRANDING POLICY. AFTER 30 DAYS, APPLICANTS MUST ADHERE TO
THE STANDARDS PUBLISHED PARAGRAPH 3‐3 OF AR 670‐1.
8. ENLISTED SOLDIERS SELECTED BEFORE 1 JULY 2014 BY SELECTION BOARDS OR
OTHER SELECTION PROCESSES FOR OFFICER ACCESSION PROGRAMS ARE ALSO
GRANDFATHERED TO THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED TATTOO/BRANDING POLICY.
9. COMMANDERS OF ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS MUST COMPLETE TATTOO VALIDATION MEMOS
(WITH PHOTOS AS ENCLOSURES) FOR ALL ASSIGNED SOLDIERS AS OUTLINED IN
PARAGRAPH 3‐3E OF AR 670‐1 WITHIN 30 DAYS UPON RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
MEMORANDUMS WITH PHOTOS MUST BE WEB UPLOADED TO IPERMS BY RECORDS MANAGERS
FOR FILING INTO SOLDIERS' ARMY MILITARY HUMAN RESOURCE RECORD WITHIN 60 DAYS
UPON RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
10. COMMANDERS OF RESERVE COMPONENT UNITS MUST COMPLETE TATTOO VALIDATION
MEMOS (WITH PHOTOS AS ENCLOSURES) FOR ALL ASSIGNED SOLDIERS AS OUTLINED IN
PARAGRAPH 3‐3E OF AR 670‐1 WITHIN 120 DAYS UPON RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
MEMORANDUMS WITH PHOTOS MUST BE WEB UPLOADED TO IPERMS BY RECORDS MANAGERS
FOR FILING INTO SOLDIERS' ARMY MILITARY HUMAN RESOURCE RECORD WITHIN 150
DAYS UPON RELEASE OF AR 670‐1.
11. ACCESSION DETERMINATION AUTHORITIES, AS OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 3‐3I OF
AR 670‐1, WILL ENSURE ALL CURRENT APPLICANTS WHO ARE CONTRACTED/ENROLLED FOR
SERVICE HAVE THEIR TATTOOS/BRANDS VALIDATED WITHIN 30 DAYS UPON RELEASE OF
AR 670‐1.
12. SOLDIERS MUST COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT (OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 4‐8E
OF DA PAM 670‐1) TO SEW ON THE NAME TAPE, U.S. ARMY TAPE, AND GRADE INSIGNIA
WHEN BADGES ARE SEWN ON (THE COMBAT UNIFORM) NO LATER THAN 7 DAYS UPON
RELEASE OF DA PAM 670‐1. ADDITIONALLY, IF A NAMETAPE, U.S. ARMY TAPE OR
GRADE INSIGNIA IS SEWN ON THE COMBAT UNIFORM, THEN PERSONNEL MUST SEW ALL
THREE OF THESE ITEMS ON THE UNIFORM COAT. THIS ALSO APPLIES TO OTHER
UNIFORM ALTERATIONS, WHICH REQUIRE SEWING.
13. APPLICABLE PERSONNEL MUST WEAR NOMINATIVE SENIOR ENLISTED LEADER COLLAR
INSIGNIA (PREVIOUSLY REFERRED TO AS CSM INSIGNIA) IAW PARAGRAPH 21‐9I OF DA
PAM 670‐1 NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS FROM RELEASE OF AR 670‐1. COMMAND SERGEANTS
MAJOR AND SERGEANTS MAJOR REQUIRED TO CHANGE THEIR COLLAR INSIGNIA MUST
UPDATE THEIR DA PHOTO NO LATER THAN 12 MONTHS FROM RELEASE OF DA PAM 670‐1.
THIS ALSO APPLIES TO CSMS WORKING FOR O‐6 AND BELOW WHO WILL NOW WEAR
DESIGNATED BRANCH INSIGNIA.
14. NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS MUST WEAR SHOULDER MARKS (GRADE INSIGNIA) ON
THE SHOULDER LOOPS OF THE BLACK ALL‐WEATHER COAT AND WINDBREAKER IAW
PARAGRAPHS 20‐7 AND 20‐30 OF DA PAM 670‐1 NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS FROM RELEASE
OF AR 670‐1.
15. APPLICABLE PERSONNEL MUST WEAR COMBAT AND SPECIAL SKILL BADGES AND
SPECIAL SKILL METAL TAB REPLICAS ON COMBAT, SERVICE, AND DRESS UNIFORMS IAW
PARAGRAPH 22‐16 OF DA PAM 670‐1 NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS FROM RELEASE OF AR
670‐1. SOLDIERS REQUIRED TO CHANGE THE PLACEMENT OF SUCH ITEMS ON THEIR
SERVICE UNIFORM MUST UPDATE THEIR DA PHOTO NO LATER THAN 12 MONTHS FROM
RELEASE OF DA PAM 670‐1.
16. ALL OTHER CHANGES CONTAINED IN AR 670‐1 AND DA PAM 670‐1 AND NOT
OTHERWISE ADDRESSED IN THIS MESSAGE MUST BE ADHERED TO UPON RELEASE OF THESE
PUBLICATIONS.
17. LEADERS AT ALL LEVELS WILL PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN EDUCATING SUBORDINATES
AND ENFORCING STANDARDS SET FORTH IN THESE PUBLICATIONS. EVERY LEADER
SHOULD TAKE A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO THE NEW POLICIES AND ENSURE SOLDIERS
UNDERSTAND AND ADHERE TO THE POLICIES IN A TIMELY MANNER.
18. A TRAINING PACKAGE WITH OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FOR
DOWNLOAD AT WWW.ARMYG1.ARMY.MIL/HR/UNIFORM/DEFAULT.ASP.
19. SOLDIERS SHOULD DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND. SENIOR
LEADERS OR ARMY COMMAND G‐1S WITH QUESTIONS MAY CONTACT THE ARMY G‐1 UNIFORM
POLICY SERGEANT MAJOR, SGM CONNER, AT
USARMY.PENTAGON.HQDA‐DCS‐G‐1.MBX.UNIFORM@MAIL.MIL.
19. THIS MESSAGE EXPIRES 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF RELEASE.

MARADMIN 078/14 MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM POLICY CHANGE

R 260149Z FEB 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM POLICY CHANGE//
REF/A/MARADMIN/181719ZOCT11//
REF/B/MSGIDOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB/31MAR2003//
AMPN/REF A ANNOUNCED YEAR ROUND WEAR OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (MCCUU) WITH SLEEVES DOWN.  REF B IS MCO P1020.34G, MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS//
POC/M. BOYT/CIV/UNIT:MCUB/-/TEL703) 432-3333/TELSN 378-3333/EMAIL:MARY.BOYT(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  THIS MARADMIN ANNOUNCES THE COMMANDANT'S DECISION TO CANCEL REF A AND REVERT TO PREVIOUS POLICY FOR WEAR OF THE MCCUU.
2.  EFFECTIVE 09 MARCH 2014, THE DESERT MCCUU WILL BE WORN DURING THE SUMMER UNIFORM PERIOD WITH THE SLEEVES ROLLED UP.  AT LOCAL COMMANDERS' DIRECTION (BN/SQDN), SLEEVES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ROLLED DOWN IN COMBAT AND FIELD ENVIRONMENTS.  DURING THE WINTER UNIFORM PERIOD, THE WOODLAND MCCUU WILL CONTINUE TO BE WORN WITH SLEEVES DOWN.
3.  REF B WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THIS CHANGE.
4.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY MAJGEN M. R. REGNER, STAFF DIRECTOR, HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS.//


Air Force Uniform Policy Update

WASHINGTON (AFNS) --
The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen.

During the past year, Welsh prompted Airmen to make their voice heard through the Every Dollar Counts campaign, held last spring, and suggestions made directly to him during base visits or comments to the uniform survey board itself.

“The policy changes revolve around three areas,” said Col. Patrick Doherty, Director of Air Force Services who has oversight of the uniforms and awards and recognition branch. “The first area of policy changes is focused on heritage, team building, esprit de corps and unit pride.

The second is recognizing and valuing Airmen’s experiences, qualifications and job performance, allowing Airmen to wear what they have earned. The last area is a group of common sense approach inputs from Airmen in the field that senior leaders thought were great ideas.”

There are dozens of updates to the AFI, including the following:

Morale T-shirts/patches representing individual squadrons that were worn in the past to increase unit pride are now authorized to wear on Fridays. Squadron color T-shirts may be worn with the ABU or flight suit when in-garrison or on-station during unit temporary duty assignments and contingency deployments. Shirts must be one color throughout the squadron, and may have only a small squadron patch over the left chest. Wing Commanders can authorize personnel from different units to wear the same color T-shirts to facilitate esprit de corps and team building.

For example, maintainers, life support personnel and flight doctors are allowed to wear the color T-shirt of the flying squadron they support. Also, authorized is the in-garrison Friday wear of morale patches and nametags that have tasteful nicknames or call signs on flight suits. Unit commanders have approval authority for morale patches and nametag naming conventions.

Earned Air Force and other services’ badges are authorized to wear, but only the command insignia pin is mandatory. This reverses a previous decision to prohibit wear of qualification badges and various patches on ABUs, to eliminate the need to remove and replace badges for deployment or permanent change of duty station moves.

In recent years, Airmen deployed to Afghanistan wore the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern. The OCP is flame retardant, treated with insect repellant and also used by the Army. Following this evolution, the ABU has become primarily an in-garrison uniform, according to Air Force senior leaders.

“The increased wear of the ABU in-garrison, , coupled with Airmen’s long-term desires to wear the qualification badges and the command insignia they have earned, makes authorized wear on the ABU a logical step,” said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.

A list and examples of all newly approved badges authorized for wear on the ABU is located in attachment five of AFI 36-2903.

The Air Force physical training uniform no longer has color restrictions for athletic shoes. Airmen are now also authorized to wear black socks with their athletic shoes.

Cell phones no longer have to be black, as long as they’re not worn on the uniform or attached to a purse.

Changes came directly from the field and major commands, said Cox.

“The changes are the result of months of the Chief of Staff listening to what Airmen had to say about ABUs and other uniform wear policies,” Cox said.

Airmen can expect to find the optional badges on the AAFES website by mid-July to early August. The commander’s insignia pin will be mandatory once the cloth pins go on sale at AAFES.

Sailors Receive First FRV Coveralls


Learn more about VA Home Loans from VA Mortgage Center.com.

Navy News | Jan 16, 2014 |

____________________________________

VA Mortgage Center.com was built by providing superior customer service. We take great pride in serving those who have served our country and truly believe they deserve nothing better than the best we have to offer. Our Loan Officers and service team are available day and night to make sure the loan process is easy for you.We have helped tens-of-thousands military families through the VA loan process.

Common Military Camouflage for all Services

Get $20 Off Your Order Of $100 Or More @ TigerDirect!

The Defense Authorization Bill in Congress would require common Combat Camouflage uniforms for all U.S. Military services. The legislation would prevent any service from procuring a new camouflage uniform unless it is adopted by all other services.

The legislation is an attempt to save millions of dollars and affects 23 U.S. manufacturers .  Obviously it impacts all branches of the Military. There are currently 10 different camouflage patterns in use.  A GAO report found that the services spent approximately $300 million in procurement of different cammo patterns and uniforms.

Congress believes this is a way to “to eliminate the waste and duplication,” according to Representative Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.

The bill allows the Secretary of Defense to waive the new camouflage uniform restrictions under certain circumstances like Special Operations Uniforms.  It doesn't apply to head gear, boots and body armor.  The GAO believes the Army by itself would save approximately $82 million if it worked with another service to develop a new camouflage pattern.



Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines - Is this a good idea?  Sound Off and let us know.
 

 

 

 

Female Marines to wear Male Marine Covers

Medals of America

The Commandant of the Marine Corps has approved the Marine Corps Uniform Board's recommendation to adopt the male dress and service cap as the universal dress and service cap for all Marines. Further fielding information, to include phase in and phase out plans for the current female service dress cap, will be provided via a standard Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN).

New Female Marine Cover



"The decision to adopt the male dress and service cap as the universal dress and service cap for all Marines was primarily driven by the inability of the current manufacturer of the approved female dress and service cap to continue to produce it for our women," said Col. Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, President of the Marine Corps Uniform Board.

Survey information from all Marines provided critical feedback for this decision, said Desgrosseilliers. "During the uniform board study, 91% of all Marines, both male and female, were in favor of selecting the current male version as a "universal cover" over the "Dan Daly" version mentioned in the press."

Further fielding information, to include phase in and phase out plans for the current female service dress cap, will be provided via a standard Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN).

Additionally, the Marine Corps will be conducting further research and development efforts to improve the comfort and fit of the universal dress and service cap.

Two other board proposals, having to do with improved quality of life, were also approved by the commandant. A change to the existing supplemental clothing allowance for Marine Corps drill instructors at Marine Corps District Newport, R.I. was approved and regulation changes authorizing multiple braids for females was approved. The newly established hairstyle criteria will "create an accepted standard for braids and it will be a welcome quality of life improvement for our female Marines who wear braids," said Desgrosseilliers.


Sources: DIVIDS & Stars & Stipes

MARINES- What do you think about the new Female Marine Cover? 

Marine Corps Cover Controversy (Male or Female)?

Medals of America

The Marine Corps back tracked on a controversial uniform survey for gender neutral dress and service covers for all Male and Female Marines.

The problem started when the Marine Corps Uniform Board released a uniform survey for all Marines to comment on concerning changing the traditional USMC cover for all Marine or all female Marines.  The survey provided Marines 2 options to change the service Dress and Dress Blue covers.   Several media outlets picked up on the story and slammed the Marine Corps for providing the option for all male Marines to wear the female Marine cover. 

USMC Uni-sex Cover



There was no option for the uniform to remain the same for male and female Marines, which clearly the Marine Corps and Navy agenda is to change the male cover, but to change the female Marine uniform to the male dress cover. While the news media picked accused leadership of attempting to emasculate the Marine Corps, the message is really that it is trying to de-feminize female Marines by putting them in a male USMC cover.

Does the Commandant want Male Marines in female covers or female Marines in male covers?

Marines what do you think?

New Army Tattoo Policy - Changes to AR 670-1

15% Off All Orders, Including Our Same-Day Mounting Services Use Discount Code: MCBALL15 During Checkout

New Army Policy on Tattoos has been announced by the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh.  Changes by already been approved to AR 670-1 are pending the Secretary's signature.  Changes to the Army Regulation include tattoos, uniforms and grooming according to the SgtMaj of the Army. 

-According to the SMA, pending changes include:

-New Army recruits will not be allowed to have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline.  
(current soldiers may by grandfathered)
 
-Unit leaders will sit down with soldiers who will "self identify" each tattoo.  Soldiers will be required to pay for the removal of any tattoo that violates the policy, Chandler said.

He said the Army wants soldiers to stand out, but because of their achievements, not because of the way they look.


New Army Tattoo Policy
U.S. Army Photo