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Tattoo Thread - including current policy [MERGED]

Franko

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LunchMeat said:
I don't think so, there's no CANFORGEN about the policy change.

It's the dress manual itself that's changed. Doesn't require a CANFORGEN.

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Nerf herder said:
It's the dress manual itself that's changed. Doesn't require a CANFORGEN.

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Yes and the dress manual is managed by a committee and is reviewed yearly.  A couple of years ago a few qual badges were added to the authorized for wear list.  I had no idea until I was randomly looking in the dress manual and saw the changes.
 

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Just pulled this from the current manual:

9. Body Tattoos and Body-Piercing. As of September 26th, 2012, members are not to acquire any tattoos that are visible on the head, face or ears. Additionally, members shall not acquire tattoos that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing that could be deemed to be offensive (e.g., pornographic, blasphemous, racist or containing vulgar language or design) or otherwise reflect discredit on the CAF. Visible and non-visible body piercing adornments, with the exception of women’s earrings and ear sleepers described in sub-paragraph 6.a., shall not be worn by members either in uniform or on duty in civilian clothing. The meaning of the term “on duty”, for purposes of dress and appearance, is Interpreted in Chapter 1, paragraph 20.

I don't see a difference.  It's worth noting that it actually says that offensive tattoos are only prohibited if they are visible when clothed.  Thus, if it's not visible in your underwear...
Not sure that's what they meant, but that's what it says.
 

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Pusser said:
Just pulled this from the current manual:

9. Body Tattoos and Body-Piercing. As of September 26th, 2012, members are not to acquire any tattoos that are visible on the head, face or ears. Additionally, members shall not acquire tattoos that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing that could be deemed to be offensive (e.g., pornographic, blasphemous, racist or containing vulgar language or design) or otherwise reflect discredit on the CAF. Visible and non-visible body piercing adornments, with the exception of women’s earrings and ear sleepers described in sub-paragraph 6.a., shall not be worn by members either in uniform or on duty in civilian clothing. The meaning of the term “on duty”, for purposes of dress and appearance, is Interpreted in Chapter 1, paragraph 20.

I don't see a difference. 

Word for word the same as Reply #576.

I snipped the sentence about "Visible and non-visible body piercing", because FlyLikeAnEagle was only asking about tattoos, in the tattoo thread.

Body Piercing adornments, earrings and sleepers have threads of their own.

See also,

TATTOOS
https://navy.ca/forums/threads/124119.0.html

 

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Is that the latest version of the policy? I got my file closed during the interview because I have a tattoo on my calf with the fword in it. :tsktsk:

"that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing"

...shorts?
 

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Swally said:
Is that the latest version of the policy? I got my file closed during the interview because I have a tattoo on my calf with the fword in it. :tsktsk:

"that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing"

...shorts?
Yes shorts, unless you plan on never going anywhere where the temperature is above 10 degrees and never doing PT.

I do not forsee a day when the fword tattooed on your body would be acceptable in the CAF.
 

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PuckChaser said:
Yes shorts, unless you plan on never going anywhere where the temperature is above 10 degrees and never doing PT.

I do not forsee a day when the fword tattooed on your body would be acceptable in the CAF.

What if it's a "Fuck Cancer" tattoo?
 

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Strike said:
What if it's a "frig Cancer" tattoo?

Can't think of one person who doesn't agree with the sentiment 'f##k cancer'.  However, it's generally unacceptable in public to have f##k permanently displayed.  'frig cancer' would most likely be acceptable...
 

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PuckChaser said:
Yes shorts, unless you plan on never going anywhere where the temperature is above 10 degrees and never doing PT.

I do not forsee a day when the fword tattooed on your body would be acceptable in the CAF.

Yes, we only allow it in its spoken form (loudly and with enthusiasm).
 

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Swally said:
Is that the latest version of the policy? I got my file closed during the interview because I have a tattoo on my calf with the fword in it. :tsktsk:

"that are visible either in military uniform or in civilian clothing"

...shorts?

That word is considered vulgar and so yes, it will keep you out, even on your calf.  The trouble is that when someone becomes a member of the CAF, it quickly becomes apparent that they are members, even in civilian clothing (e.g. olive t-shirts and dog tags hanging our when you go clubbing) and so your appearance is still expected to meet an acceptable standard.  Someday you will be seen in shorts and someone will make the connection that your are in the armed forces.

I would argue that words in tattoos are always a bad idea.  The internet is rife with examples of misspelled tattoos and while hilarious for the rest of us, are downright embarrassing for the wearer.  Hopefully it won't be too difficult for you to have your tattoo fixed, which would enable you to proceed with your application.
 

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Yes shorts, unless you plan on never going anywhere where the temperature is above 10 degrees and never doing PT.

I do not forsee a day when the fword tattooed on your body would be acceptable in the CAF.

Really look around you and see the full spectrum of tattooing on your peers in uniform.  If the recruiting centre is turning someone away because of a tattoo is the CAF really succeeding in an effort to hire the best possible candidates.  Scenario - I know you are an ultra-marathon runner with a PhD and speak 5 languages but you have X^G& tattooed on your calf; we will take the 300 lb, video gamer, Gen X, loner candidate who can't stand the sight of a needle therefore, he has no tattoos.  Besides is there a multi-lingual, multi-generational, translation scanner for tattoos to make sure those Gaelic, gothic, or Japanese tattoos aren't as or more offensive than the letters 6-21-3-11.
 

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Simian Turner said:
Really look around you and see the full spectrum of tattooing on your peers in uniform.  If the recruiting centre is turning someone away because of a tattoo is the CAF really succeeding in an effort to hire the best possible candidates.  Scenario - I know you are an ultra-marathon runner with a PhD and speak 5 languages but you have X^G& tattooed on your calf; we will take the 300 lb, video gamer, Gen X, loner candidate who can't stand the sight of a needle therefore, he has no tattoos.  Besides is there a multi-lingual, multi-generational, translation scanner for tattoos to make sure those Gaelic, gothic, or Japanese tattoos aren't as or more offensive than the letters 6-21-3-11.
And the best part is, if you get the tattoo while you are in, you MAY be charged and if you are, the likely outcome will be a minor punishment.  After which you will still have the tattoo with the possible direction to, "Make sure it's covered when you're on duty."
 

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Here's the offending tattoo btw.

"Young bull says to the old bull: Hey, let's run down that hill and f*ck one of those cows. Old bull says No. Let's walk down and f*ck them all"
 

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Swally said:
"Young bull says to the old bull: Hey, let's run down that hill and f*ck one of those cows. Old bull says No. Let's walk down and f*ck them all"

That was a great scene,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qj0RrSmQEo
 
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Hey guys .. really confused here.. I went in for my interview a few days ago and was told that the small hand prints behind my ears disqualified me from joining the army. I have a lot of other tattoos 2 sleeves and leg work done.. but this whole time I was under the understanding that neck tattoos that are non offensive would be ok.i was told the pictures of the tattoos are being sent for review , and all the info I’ve found seems to be conflicting. Really hate to not to get in over this ( will look into removal if I need to) the tattoos are of my child’s hand prints from birth . He was very tiny when he arrived so the hand prints are only 2 inch by 2 inch roughly. Just wondering if anyone had and recent experience with this as in 2018 experience. And can offer some
Advice.
 

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=https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/caf-jobs/apply-now/faq.htmlCanadian Armed Forces - FAQ

Are Forces members allowed to have tattoos and/or piercings?

Yes. Forces members can have non-offensive tattoos anywhere on the body except for the face, head and ears. Offensive tattoos (anything pornographic, racist, containing vulgar language/design, etc.) are not acceptable in the Forces. Forces members are not allowed to wear any piercings while in uniform or in the work environment, except for women’s stud earrings.

Date modified: 2018-06-05


Behind your ears is still on your head. The positive is your situation has been sent for review. So you have not been denied, yet. Just another delay in processing your application as you wait for a decision.
 
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