What is are the policies for tattoos and body piercings?


The Corps follows the guidelines set forth by the military services in regards to tattoos. Generally, the Corps’ tattoo policy allows most tattoos as long the acceptable tattoos cannot be seen when wearing the Class A Uniform.

(a)  Tattoos prejudicial to good order and discipline, or of a nature to bring discredit upon the Corps of Cadets, regardless of the location, are prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to: tattoos that are drug-related, gang-related, extremist, obscene or indecent, sexist, racist, etc.

(b)  As a result of the placement and visibility rules, tattoos and brands are not allowed on the: head, face, mouth and lips, eyelids, ears, neck above the t-shirt line, wrists, hands, or elbows (an area 2 inches above and one inch below the elbow must be clear of tattoos).

(c)  Tattooing for cosmetic purposes is authorized when directed by licensed, qualified medical personnel to correct a medical condition, illness or injury for both men and women. Additionally, cosmetic tattooing is permitted for women if done to apply permanent facial makeup (i.e. eyebrows, eye liner). The cosmetic tattooing must have a natural appearance and be conservative, moderate, within reasonable limits, not excessive or extreme, not distinctly contrast with their complexion, and in good taste.

A single ring tattoo of no greater than 3/8 inch in width is allowed as long as the tattoo does not extend beyond where a ring would normally rest on the finger (between the lowest knuckle and the hand).

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