Tattoos on neck, fingers and eyebrows allowed in RAF as it loosens recruitment criteria  

Mail Online | 6/3/2019 | Harry Howard For Mailonline
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The RAF is relaxing its hardline policy on tattoos in a bid to appeal to boost falling recruit numbers.

The air force, which was founded in 1918, has never allowed servicemen and women to display body art while wearing uniform.

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But for the first time personnel will be allowed to display tattoos on the back and sides of their neck as well as their fingers.

Cosmetic eyebrow tattooing will also be permitted for the first time as long as they are 'natural in shape and colour'.


But tattoos deemed to be obscene or offensive will continue to be banned.

The MOD said the move, which came into force on May 1, was to allow a wider group of people to join the RAF.

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It comes following a 2018 report outlining how the armed forces are short of more than 8,000 recruits.

The decision brings the RAF closer in line with the Army and Royal Navy, both of which have relaxed their rules on tattoos in recent years.

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The Army announced in 2014 that soldiers could have tattoos on the backs of their necks and on their hands, provided they were not visible in a passport-style photo.

The Royal Navy made the same move in 2017, allowing tattoos on the neck and hands, but not below the knuckle or on the palm of the hand.

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As with the Army, Royal Navy recruits and sailors can...
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