Navy Tattoo Policy NAVADMIN 110/06
NAVADMIN 110/06 clarifies Navy Tattoo Policy and regulations regarding tattoos, body art and/or mutilations and dental ornamentation.
The Navy prohibits any obscene, sexually explicit or offensive tattoo/brand or body art.
Commanders have four criteria to assist in determining whether a tattoo/body art/brand is permissible:
4. Is item required for cosmetic purposes
-Tattoos/body art/brands cannot be visible through the white uniform and cannot be on the head, face, neck or scalp regions. Items on the lower arm can be no larger than the sailor's hand, fingers closed.
-NAVADMIN 110/06 also points out Navy policy restricting intentional mutilation, defined as radical alteration of the body, head, face or skin for the purpose of an abnormal appearance.
-Dental ornamentation - the use of gold, platinum or other veneers or caps for decorative purposes is also prohibited.
Local commanders will consider waivers for pre-existing conditions on a case-by-case basis. They have discretion to determine whether removal is required, but items may be waived if they are not prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale.
Even if the body art/tattoos/branding/mutilation occurred prior to the Navy’s original guidance released in January 2003, commanders still have the option to recommend separation if medical authorities determine removal is not feasible.
Failure to comply with Navy Tattoo Policy could result in administrative separation for Navy personnel.
Sailors should refer to their commander or NAVADMIN 110/06 for additional guidance.