LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The U.S. Air Force is changing its policies on dress and appearance in regards to tattoos in an effort to recruit more airmen.
The new policy, which will go into effect on Feb. 1, will allow airmen to display tattoos on their chest, back, arms and legs, according to a statement released by the Air Force.READ MORE: Report: US Rep. Karen Bass To Run For LA Mayor
Hand tattoos will be limited to a single-band ring tattoo on one finger on either hand to ensure a formal military image.
Airmen with existing hand tattoos that were authorized under the previous policy will be grandfathered under old standards.READ MORE: On First Day Pfizer's Booster Available For Eligible Adults In LA County, Few Have Turned Up For The Shot
Body markings that are present on the head, neck, face, tongue, lips and/or scalp will remain prohibited.
Markings that are obscene, associated with gangs, extremist and/or supremacist organizations, or that advocate sexual, racial, ethnic or religious discrimination will also remain prohibited in and out of uniform.
The new policy eliminates a “25 percent rule,” which previously restricted members from displaying markings that covered 25 percent of a body part.MORE NEWS: Man Allegedly Tried To Run Over Members Of A Fairfax Synagogue With His Car Wednesday
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