In brief - tattoos which are not visible in a front view head/shoulders passport photo, when wearing a polo neck shirt (top button undone) are now accepted, unlike the facial tattoo depicted on the chappy in this photo... as long as they are not obscene (definitions below).
If you have previously been knocked back from joining the Naval Service for having unacceptable tattoos or are considering tattoo removal, contact your local AFCO now if you still wish to join.
The Nitty Gritty:
Unacceptable tattoos are now defined as being any tattoo which meets one or more of the criteria listed below.
Visible on a front view passport photograph taken whilst the subject is wearing an open necked polo style shirt with one button undone; that is on the face or throat area, on the front of the ear or forward of a line from the bottom of the ear to the collar bone.
Irrespective of its size or position on the body, a tattoo will be obscene if it refers to or depicts an image of:
a sexual act
extreme pornographic behaviour
violence of any kind
Regardless of its size or position on the body, a tattoo will be offensive if, by its nature it has the purpose or effect of violating another person’s dignity or creating an adverse environment for others (for instance because it refers to or depicts an image relating to a protected characteristic of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or age). A tattoo should only...
Just a quick question for anyone who fancies responding. With the current climate of warfare within the british military, no Afghanistan, no Iraq, why are people so eager to join up? Surely your day to day is going to be 90% cleaning weapons and admin. For 32 weeks of hard training and average pay what is the point? P.s I’m not bashing anyone I would just like to hear some other opinions. Thanks.
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