Army can’t af­ford picky tat­too rule

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JOANN LEE FRANK Clear­wa­ter, Fla.

The United States Army has big­ger bat­tles to fight than bar­ring folks with “too many” tat­toos from be­com­ing com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers (“New Army groom rules: No of­fi­cer stripes for too-tat­tooed soldiers,” Web, March 21).

Tat­toos have noth­ing what­so­ever to do with pro­tect­ing and de­fend­ing the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion against all en­e­mies. Be­sides, our mea­ger, all-vol­un­teer army needs all the able soldiers it can get so that we can re­lieve our troops from mul­ti­ple tours of duty. Turn­ing away ap­pli­cants charged with felonies and those with men­tal­health is­sues makes good sense. Lim­it­ing the up­ward mo­bil­ity of soldiers be­cause of tat­toos? Asi­nine.

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