(NATIONAL)-- A new, stricter policy on grooming for soldiers is about to be signed into place. With it, tattoos among recruits will be going undercover.
According to a report in Stars and Stripes, the rule changes have been in the works for more than a year and as of Saturday, are only awaiting a final signature, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler.
The regulations only apply to soldiers - other branches have their own policies. But for the Army, under the new policy, new recruits will not be allowed to have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, reports the military news source, though current soldiers will be grandfathered in.Soldiers will be required to pay for the removal of any tattoo that violates the policy, Chandler told Stars and Stripes.