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Published September 24, 2013, 08:29 PM

Army introducing new tattoo regulations

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Many people in the military have tattoo often commemorating their service or a lost comrade.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Many people in the military have tattoo often commemorating their service or a lost comrade.

But now, Army recruits are facing new restrictions on their ink.

Those entering the ranks of the Army face tighter rules on tats.

Specalist Ty Zaczkowski - National Guard: "There are people trying to join every day. It's getting more and more difficult to join."

Specialist Ty Zacczkowski says he started getting tattoos after joining the National Guard about three years ago.

"I have a tattoo on my ankle."

But for new recruits, these two tattoos would not be acceptable because of their location.

This week, the Army is expected to hand down new rules on personal appearance.

One of those bans tattoos on the forearms and lower legs.

Zaczokwski: "They already screen for racist, sexist, or vulgar tattoos, so you're not going to get in anyway. So, the only real change is where you can put it. On your arms, which some people might might be upset about. But you have to do it, it's the military."

Those who already have tattoos in those spots don't have to get them removed. But those thinking about getting new ink might want to think twice about where it goes.

"People who are in the military, a lot of them have tattoos."

Sergeant Matthew Derby has 14 tattoos; many are military or family-related, but he has made sure they are all hidden when wearing a t-shirt.

Sergeant Matthew Derby - National Guard: "For as long as the military has been the military it has thrived on uniformity. That's kind of what the Army is all about."

And he says those want to join badly enough… just need to follow the rules.

Tattoos above the neckline are already restricted in the Army.

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