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Army may implement partial tattoo ban, uniform update

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army could be making a change to their uniform soon.

According to the military publication “Stars and Stripes,” the ban comes as part of an update to grooming and appearance rules for soldiers.

Stars and Stripes reported the updates have been approved by the Secretary of the Army John McHugh and are only awaiting a final signature.

They said the changes are expected over the next couple of months.

The changes would require soldiers to meet with their unit leaders and “self identify” their tattoos, according to Stars and Stripes.

NBC News reported current soldiers with offending body ink will be “grandfathered in” but new soldiers will have to pay to remove any tattoo below the knee or elbow or above the neckline.

Soldiers are also expecting new uniforms to be phased in about nine months from now, according to Stars and Stripes.

Their report stated the wardrobe update would feature different colors and environments but the pattern will stay the same.

FULL STORY: See all the details from Stars and Stripes