Serving in Australia’s Tri-Force can be a rewarding opportunity. But first, your application will need to be accepted, and your tattoo might have something to do with it.
What to Know About Having Tattoos in the Australian Defence Force — Tri-Force
The Tri-Force is a Reserves unit consisting of roles in the Air Force, Army, and Navy. Many Australians consider this a win/win because of the variety it offers. If you have a tattoo, you might be wondering how it will affect your chances of serving your country.
Like other branches of the Australian Defence Force, the Tri-Force has high standards when it comes to Behaviour and Appearance. In a way, tattoos fall under both of these categories: tattoo placement affects appearance, while tattoo content can underscore behaviour.
What’s interesting is that the ADF does not have a definitive tattoo policy at the moment. Rather, tattoo guidelines are under further review. Until new guidelines are released, we can only assume that tattoos will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
However, we can look at how tattoos have been handled in the past to set the right expectations.
Historically, certain tattoo content has been a cause for rejection. This includes but is not limited to:
- Obscene content
- Gang symbols
- Extremist content, such as Nazi symbols
What’s more, this type of content may end up in a rejected application even if your tattoo is easily concealed by clothing.
Tattoos that are not easily seen may not be cause for concern. Those that are on a prominent body part, such as the face, neck, hands, or ears, may receive increased scrutiny.
One exception to this are individuals who opt for a ring tattoo instead of a traditional wedding or engagement ring.
It’s best to check with your Defence Force Recruiter for specific questions or concerns.
Permanent Makeup Tattoos
Female Tri-Force applicants may be allowed to have permanent makeup tattoos, including eyebrow tattoos and lip liner tattoos. As long as these tattoos look natural, they may not be cause for concern.