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New Army Tattoo Policy
New AR 670-1
Updated AR 670-1 Download it Here -- Updated DA PAM 670-1 is also Available

It's official: Soldiers can now get their arms and legs covered in tattoos, provided they don't show in
their service dress uniform.

The Army published an update to Army Regulation 670-1 on April 10, 2015 meaning the new tattoo
rules are in effect.

Summary of Changes to AR 670–1
Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia This rapid action revision, dated 10 April 2015--
o Updates tattoo, branding, and body mutilation policy (para 3-3).

o Updates initial entry determination authority on tattoos and brands for Active Army and U.S. Army
Reserve Soldiers (para 3-3g(1)).

o Authorizes wear of the Army combat uniform for commercial travel (para 3-7c).

o Clarifies wear of Army uniforms at off-post establishments that primarily sell alcohol (para 4-3c(1), 5-
3c(1), 6-3c(1), 11-3c(1), 12-3c(2), 13-3c(1), 14-3c(1), 15-3c(1), 16-3c(2), 17-3c(2), 18-3c(2), and 19-).

o Updates the authorization of shoulder sleeve insignia for current organizations (para 21-16a(12)).

o Clarifies approval of shoulder sleeve insignia for current organization (para 21-16b).

o Updates wear guidance of shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service for Operation Enduring
Freedom (para 21-17b(13)).

o Adds wear guidance of shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service for Operation Inherent
Resolve (para 21-17b(16)).

o Adds wear guidance of shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service for Operation Freedom’s
Sentinel (para 21-17b(17)).

o Clarifies approval of distinctive unit insignia (para 21-22b).

o Updates wear guidance of overseas service bars for Operation Enduring Freedom (p 21-29a(12).
o Adds wear guidance of overseas service bars for Operation Inherent Resolve (p 21-29a(15)).

o Adds wear guidance of overseas service bars for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (p 21-29a(16)).