Amendments to the tattoo policy

Amendments to the tattoo policy

Courtesy Maple Leaf ~

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has issued direction and guidance in an update to the current tattoo policy for military members.

The tattoo policy was updated to reflect the more mainstream acceptance by society for body art. The updated policy expands the eligibility of suitable applicants interested in joining the military.

“As the Canadian Armed Forces Chief Warrant Officer, I’m always observing who we are as a force and how well we are reflecting those we serve,” said Chief Warrant Officer Guimond. “Tattoos are more and more mainstream in Canada and that’s what this policy update is all about. Greater control over your personal appearance is good for the morale of our people and it helps us attract future members to our team. As part of the CAF leadership, I’m proud of how we are modernizing our work culture and we will continue to do so.”

The new policy states that tattoos are now only prohibited on the face and the scalp. Members can request an accommodation if they have, or intend to have, cultural or religious-based tattoos on the face and scalp. Exceptions are also being made for cosmetic tattoos that are natural looking in shape and colour.

Restrictions also include tattoos displaying any connection with criminal activity, nudity, or promoting or expressing hatred, violence, discrimination, or harassment on the grounds prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Act.

In order to be eligible for enrolment, recruits are subject to the same rules on tattoos as existing members. Any non-compliance with the policy can result in administrative and disciplinary measures.

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