Tattoos and the armed forces have a long and storied history, but you might be surprised to learn that not all tattoos are considered equal in the military. All branches enforce tattoo regulations, including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Violation of these regulations can affect your chances of enlistment, or lead to disciplinary action if you’re already enlisted.
If you’re one of the 100,000 active duty service members based in San Diego and you need a tattoo removed, we offer military discounts on our cutting-edge laser tattoo removal process at Siti Med Spa.
Tattoo regulations vary
Each branch of the military has its own specific rules and regulations about tattoos, and they seem to tighten or relax every few years. Currently, the Navy has the most lenient tattoo policies compared to other branches of the military, allowing small tattoos on the neck or behind the ears. The Marines, on the other hand, have the most restrictive policies, including a 3-inch-wide size limit and several strict placement rules. The Army, Air Force and Coast Guard have moderate visibility restrictions. If you’re planning to enlist, be sure to research and take note of the specific tattoo policies for your branch.
General tattoo rules apply
While each branch of the military has its own tattoo policies, there are some general rules that apply to everyone in the armed forces. Tattoos are not allowed on the face or head, and regardless of the location, tattoos with demeaning, discriminatory, or indecent content are forbidden. Violations of these rules can lead to disciplinary action, but it’s also important to note that even “approved” tattoos can thwart the advancement of your military career.
Innovations in tattoo removal
In the past, laser tattoo removal was extremely painful, left behind unsightly scars, and didn’t even complete the job. But advancements in tattoo removal technology have dramatically improved both the experience and the results. At Siti Med Spa, we use the Cutera Enlighten Laser system, which utilizes a high intensity light beam to quickly break down your tattoo’s ink particles. The dual-wavelength technology makes it more efficient, more effective, and less painful than earlier methods of tattoo removal. It’s also safe for all skin tones and works on all ink colors. These improvements are particularly good news for anyone whose career depends on the quick and complete removal of a questionable tattoo.
Discounts for military personnel
San Diego is home to several military bases, from the Navy base in Coronado all the way north to Camp Pendleton. And while any sort of “thank you” is never enough to show appreciation for all the sacrifices members of the armed forces endure, Siti Med Spa in San Diego offers tattoo removal specials for all branches of the military—active duty and veterans—plus first responders. In order to qualify, bring your military ID, badge, or other identification when you arrive for your first treatment. If you’re seeking tattoo removal before you enlist, just bring a business card from your local recruiter with their name and phone number.
Start the New Year with no regrets!
Whether you’re in the military and need a questionable tattoo removed, or a civilian ready to let go of the ink of your past, Siti Med Spa can help. Our state-of-the-art Cutera Enlighten Laser system removes tattoos more completely and in fewer treatments than other laser removal systems. Give us a call at (619) 717-8484 to schedule a consultation today.