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Marines say no change to tattoo policy for reservists | Marine Corps Times

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Marine officials said Tuesday that there have been no changes to the Corps’ official tattoo policy despite an announcement from a prior service recruiting station Saturday claiming a new lenient policy.

“There is no change to the tattoo policy, and no leniency for IRR Marines [Individual Ready Reserves],” Yvonne Carlock, a spokeswoman with Manpower Reserve Affairs, told Marine Corps Times.

The initial announcement of a substantial change making the tattoo policy more lenient appears to have stemmed from a misreading of an internal message distributed by the Corps’ Total Force Retention System.

“The message outlines a procedural change intended to streamline the handling/staffing of re-enlistment packages for drilling and IRR Marines with undocumented and out of regulation tattoos,” Carlock said.

Source: Marines say no change to tattoo policy for reservists | Marine Corps Times

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