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Legal guardians are allowed to wear neck tattoos

Space Force recruits are allowed to have tattoos that stretch to infinity and beyond – or at least up to their necks.

An Air Force memorandum shared by the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page reveals that the tattoo policy for incoming guardians will differ from standards for airmen.

While the service allows all recruits in both Air and Space Forces to have hand tattoos covering no more than 25% of the surface of the hand, only Guardians are permitted to have neck tattoos.

“Applicants with neck tattoos are not eligible to dual work with the USAF or list a USAF-specific AFSC on the job preference tab,” the memo said.

But don’t get a sick choker tattoo if you’re hoping to soar among the stars. Neck tattoo guidelines are still pretty strict.

Only one tattoo on the back of the neck or behind the ear is allowed for a legal guardian, and it cannot be larger than 1 inch.

However, commenters on the Facebook page seemed much less interested in the new ink policy, calling for beard allowances instead.

“But we can’t have a beard because it’s unprofessional…” wrote user Chris Capkovich.

To date, the updated policy has not been added to either the Space Force or Air Force websites. The memo also doesn’t include information about current Airmen and Guardians and whether they can get hand or neck tattoos if they’re already enlisted or commissioned.

Observation Post is the Military Times’ one-stop shop for all things off-duty. Stories may reflect the author’s observations.

Sarah Sicard is Senior Editor at Military Times. She previously served as the digital editor of the Military Times and the Army Times Editor. For more work, see National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose, and Defense News.

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