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If a tattoo on my neck is not discrete in any way but visible, can I still join the military?
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If a tattoo on my neck is not discrete in any way but visible, can I still join the military?

I have a tattoo of my nieces name in slightly thick lettering on the right side of my neck that is visible from the front and continues to the back below my earlobe. From pictures of Class A uniforms, I've noticed that it might still be visible while wearing them. I want to enter the marines more than anything. Is this seriously going to be the only thing that stops me from entering?


2008-11-19 21:17:09 +0000
why don't you just cover it up with make up...

2008-11-19 21:18:17 +0000
Yes you can still join. But I don't recommend setting your goals on getting out of the military to seek a professional career, as employers look down on visible tats regardless of location... ankle, neck, wrists, upper arms...

it's not a good professional look for them

2008-11-19 21:17:06 +0000

2008-11-19 21:17:59 +0000
It shouldn't but I would go to a bridal shop and get that tattoo coverup just in case =)

2008-11-19 21:18:09 +0000
yup you can still join(just in case visit goarmy.com)
good luck

2008-11-19 21:17:57 +0000
yes, As long as the tattoo is not gang related. You also have to tell the Army the meaning of the tattoo, like a four leaf clover means you are Irish

2008-11-19 21:16:37 +0000
maybe try to get some coverup to put over it

2008-11-19 21:16:55 +0000
I sure hope not. We need to allow everyone who wants to join, the chance to join.

2008-11-19 21:26:29 +0000
yes, the BACK of the neck is now allowed, at least in the army, but not the sides because your collar does not cover as much. you could try for a waiver, but i know the marines are more stringent than other services regarding that. unfortunately, neck tattoos are usually bad choices if you want to have a professional job, even one in the military. all you can do is talk to a recruiter and see what he thinks, and then try for a waiver.

2008-11-19 21:17:37 +0000
check with your United States Marine Corps recruiter

2008-11-19 21:17:15 +0000
If it can be seen past your collar, than unfortunately, yes, it will prevent you from being able to join. But, hey, the military is a lifestyle. Get the tattoo removed and be set for the rest of your life.

2008-11-19 21:19:21 +0000

No Tattoos or brands on the head and neck.

sorry not the Marines
possibly another branch but not the Corps.

2008-11-19 21:20:34 +0000
I don't know, but I do know it is a little more complicated to cover a tattoo than just putting cover up on it. Sounds like a big one and you will need to alternate between concealer and powder to get the whole thing covered. I watched a person cover a tattoo on their arm or something and it wasn't too big and took about ten minutes to completely conceal it, but I am sure there is something more effective for more money. I know that a lot of military people have tattoos, not sure of the regulations you might want to see a recruiter ad he or she can give you advice.

2008-11-19 21:16:52 +0000
As long as the tattoo is not racist or shows a disregard for the united states you should be fine.

2008-11-19 21:17:50 +0000
Not anymore. Five years ago you could, but the rules have changed.

2008-11-19 21:17:59 +0000
My daughter went into the Navy with tatoos that were visible. Now, if she wants another one she has to ask permission. I think that if you are willing to serve our country I would let you in with tatoos all over. Go for it!!!

2008-11-19 21:17:39 +0000
in the military you cannot have any visible tattoos in dress uniform

2008-11-19 21:18:21 +0000
no because in the military or army then do a full body check and they will see the tattoo and u can either get it removed or not join the army/military

2008-11-19 21:18:59 +0000
That will not stop you. I am a military wife and my husband has many tattoos that are visible. You will be able to join. 100% positive. They would reprimand you if you got a visible tattoo while in the military, but not prior to joining. Good luck. It's a great career!

2008-11-19 22:51:37 +0000
You might get in.

But the issue is that when it comes to promotions and all of that you will be marked out. What it comes down to is you are not confident inside so you needed a tat to express yourself. Nor were you forward thinking. Nieces name is suspect.... good luck with clearances.

You have destroyed a great signup. You could get in, get it removed and go from there. Join the Army as they will be a bit more forgiving and offer more opportunity being a larger force.

2008-11-19 21:53:18 +0000
i have a tattoo on the back of my neck as well. when i went to the marine recruiter and he asked me about my tattoos i showed him all of them but he said that i might have to get the one removed thats on my neck. after he said that he had me put on the uniform shirt and put my hair up then he took a picture of my neck. couple days later he called me up and said that his boss said that he'll sign the waiver for me to keep it.
so basically you've just gotta get a good recruiter that'll take the opportunity to give you the chance to keep it.

2008-11-19 21:19:22 +0000
Any thought of having it removed ? I think a carrier would be well worth it.

2008-11-19 23:25:21 +0000
nope. It must be removed. neck tattoos are not allowed in any branch.

cheryl 2011 6 24
i have a tattoo on the back of my neck and half of it is visible when i wear a collared shirt, and i want to join the navy , will this keep me from joining or could i sign a waiver for me to get in?

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