18 Year Old Rejected by USMC Because of Tattoo

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18 Year Old Rejected by USMC Because of Tattoo

Arkansas teen Anthony Bauswell had the desire to join the U.S. Marine Corps. But when he went to sign up at the recruiting station in Conway, Arkansas on Jan 18, the recruiter said he was disqualified – not because of his grades, or his physical strength…but because of his tattoo. It was a Confederate Flag with the words “Southern Pride” across it.

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Screenshot of Anthony’s “Southern Pride” tattoo

The politically correct military

“I felt pretty low. My own government wasn’t going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin.” Anthony Bauswell

Anthony says he deliberately had the words “Southern Pride” put on the Confederate Flag tattoo so that  it wouldn’t be considered “racist.”  But, in true politically correct form, it still was viewed that way.

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Anthony Bauswell

Military tattoos

Military tattoos are strictly regulated, and the Marines recently updated their tattoo policy:

“… Marines are prohibited from:
c.  Tattoos or brands on the head and neck.  Sleeve tattoos are
likewise prohibited.  A sleeve tattoo is a very large tattoo, or a
collection of smaller tattoos, that covers or almost covers a
person s entire arm or leg.  Half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoos
that are visible to the eye when wearing standard pt gear (t-shirt
and shorts) are likewise prohibited.  A half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve
tattoo is defined as a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller
tattoos that covers, or almost covers, the entire portion of an arm
or leg above or below the elbow or knee.
Tattoos or brands that are prejudicial to good order, discipline and
morale, or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Marine Corps are
also prohibited.  Prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale, or
are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Marine Corps may include,
but are not limited to, any tattoo that is sexist, racist, vulgar,
anti-American, anti-social, gang related, or extremist group or
organization related.”

(1) Marines who currently have a sleeve tattoo(s) will be grandfathered.
The marine’s command will insert a photograph(s) of the respective
tattoo(s) along with a measurement(s) of the size in inches and of the
location(s) on the body and the date the tattoo(s) was documented, on the
page 11 of the marine’s srb.  The Marine will sign the page 11 entry
verifying the information is correct.”

“Think before you ink” are the words on the USMC tattoo poster. There should also be one for new recruits that says, check out the guidelines before you apply. Anthony’s tattoo is on the ribs instead of the arms, what do you think? Should they have let him in?

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