Armed Forces News

Pfc. Connor B., Platoon 1097, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, bellows the Marines’ Hymn after receiving his Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem during a ceremony Dec. 14, 2013, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Burke, a 22-year-old native of Melville, N.Y., just finished the Crucible, the 54-hour culminating event of recruit training, during which he demonstrated the acceptance of the Marine Corps’ core values of honor, courage and commitment. (Marine Corps photo)

Marines no longer have to provide 360-degree photos of their tattoos in order to re-enlist or accept a Special Duty Assignment (SDA).

The service provided details of the change in a June 21 announcement to all hands. Specifically, the change applies to tattoos that are visible during the proper wear of Marine Corps physical training (PT) gear. Under the change, Marines still have to submit a close-up photo of visible tattoos, aligned with an appropriate measuring device, to show that the tattoos are in compliance with the service’s tattoo policy.


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