National Guard Tattoo Policy

Can You Have Tattoos In The National Guard?

Recruits for the Army National Guard and Air National Guard should follow the same appearance, grooming standards and moral character as any “full-time” active-duty recruit would be expected to follow. Tattoo policies became less stringent during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to open up the option for more recruits to join. Today, more millennials are also opting for body art, so policies have been again re-examined to open the doors to more recruits.

Despite some of these changes, when it comes to tattoos, the National Guard still sets clear policies.

  • The US National Guard does not limit the number of tattoos you can have.
  • Recruits cannot have tattoos on their wrists, hands, neck or face.
  • The singular exception to the hand rule is allowing one ring tattoo per hand.
  • Under no circumstances will any tattoos that could be considered sexist, racist, extremist or indecent tattoos be allowed.

If you plan to join the National Guard or any branch of the military, tattoo removal is an excellent option for you. The specialists at Removery are skilled and highly trained in removing tattoos that do not meet the National Guard’s tattoo policy.

Our PicoWay® laser technology can safely remove any unwanted tattoo to ensure that you comply with the admittance standards of any military branch you plan to join. We use only the most advanced state of the art equipment that is designed to remove tattoos of any color, on more skin types and in fewer sessions.

Other US Military Tattoo Policies

See US Army Tattoo Policy
See US Navy Tattoo Policy
See US Air Force Tattoo Policy
See USMC Tattoo Policy
See US Coast Guard Tattoo Policy

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Laser Removal for Tattoos That Violate National Guard Policy


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