Soldier sues over tattoo policy

Army tattoos continue to cause stir. Recent updates to the army’s regulation of tattoos has caused mixed emotions among military personnel and tattoo shops alike. However, Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood of Nashville took his displeasure to a new level: asking a federal judge to overturn the decision after his tattoos created a barrier to entering a U.S. Army special operations unit, according to the Tennessean.

“You’ve got a soldier who is about as gung ho as you get … then you’ve got this regulation you read about on Facebook and you don’t have a career,” said Robin May, a Kentucky-based attorney who represents Thorogood, in an interview with the newspaper. “That would be a blow.”

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However, an Army spokesman responded that in the army appearances matter and should be taken into account when it comes to body art.

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