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May 10th, 2010
Enlistment Safe Skin-Ink

Before you run out and get another stupid tattoo that could be construed as offensive in any way, you might want to think about how it could affect your future.
And I'm not just talking about what your boss will think of the massive pot leaf tat on your neck.  I'm talking about what the government will think.  Listen to this . . .
Recently, an unidentified 18-year-old from Tennessee was rejected from the Marines even though he'd passed all his pre-enlistment exams.  Apparently, it's because he had a tattoo of the Confederate flag on his shoulder. 

According to the Marine Corps' official policy, quote, "Tattoos [or] brands that are sexist (express nudity), racist, eccentric or offensive in nature, [or] express an association with . . . illegal drugs, drug usage or paraphernalia, are prohibited.  "Tattoos [or] brands that depict vulgar or anti-American content, bring possible discredit to the Marine Corps, or associate the applicant [slash] Marine with any extremist group or organization are prohibited."

Allegedly, the guy only meant the tattoo to be a sign of regional pride.  But since the Confederate flag is used by white supremacists as a sign of hatred and bigotry, and a lot of people find it extremely offensive, the guy was turned away.   




heritage - 2010-05-10
heritage not hate. guess he would have been accepted if he had a mexican flag
by ben

Wrong flag - 2010-05-10
The Confederate battle flag never once flew over a slave ship. The American flag flew over many slave ships. Which flag represents racism?
by Scott

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