Demand Military Reverse Tattoo Restriction


Target: United States Army

Goal: Allow US Soldiers their freedom by stopping rule that creates tattoo restrictions

The United States Army recently began enforcing new restrictions on tattoos. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the military had lifted its restrictions on tattoo possession in order to boost enlistment. Up until now the only restrictions involved tattoos that were profane or offensive. Now, the Army has created new rules that restrict tattoos above the neckline, or below the elbows or knees.

These new rules are unnecessary and discriminatory. To prevent creative freedom to those who are willing to fight for the freedom of their country is ignorant and unappreciative. The prohibition of tattoos suggests that having them in some way inhibits their performance as a soldier. In the past decade, the visibility of tattoos on soldiers have caused no issues or inconveniences. In fact, tattoos have been helpful in the past in identifying soldiers who are hurt or killed. To prohibit something that has had no negative impacts is senseless.

The Army should be focusing on other internal issues such as the prevalence of the rape of female soldiers or the culture of homophobia, rather than targeting soldiers who are doing no harm to the establishment. Tattoos are a form of sentiment or creative expression, and many soldiers have tattoos that are related to the military or a symbol of pride in our country. Restricting these forms of expression is an act of restricting the freedom of those who fight to preserve ours through serving our country.

Please sign the petition below to prevent army discrimination and protect the freedom of expression of our soldiers.


Dear United States Army,

Your recent decision to further restrict tattoos in the Army is senseless and does nothing but inhibit the freedom of those who fight for our country. The allowance of tattoos in the last decade has not caused any negative consequences, and as such, eliminating this allowance is unnecessary. The Army should instead focus their efforts on more serious issues such as the occurrence of rape against female soldiers.

On behalf of the tattooed soldiers of the United States Army, we urge you to abandon this new rule. Please provide and respect the freedom of expression for those who are brave and generous enough to serve our country.


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One Comment

  1. Petition signed!I think if people are putting their lives on the line, doing a dangerous job to protect our freedom, then they should be able to enjoy that same freedom. And that includes the right to have a tattoo!

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