ATTN: POLICY & STANDARDS DIVISION
US COAST GUARD STOP 7907
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7907
The purpose of the Coast Guard's policy and standards on Tattoos and Body Markings is to ensure our workforce presents a sharp, professional military appearance to the public, while allowing individual expression through authorized body art that is consistent with the Coast Guard's Core Values. As the Coast Guard increases the aperture to ensure we are able to recruit and retain the next generation of Coast Guardsman, this policy update strikes a balance between personal expression and maintaining our sharp military appearance.
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With the update to the Tattoo, Body Marking, Body Piercing, and Mutilation Policy, Coast Guard Active Duty and Reserve members are authorized these additional tattoo locations:
Not authorized: tattoos that represent racism, discrimination, indecency, extremist/supremacist ideals, lawlessness, violence, or are sexually explicit.
Office of Military Personnel, Policy and Standards Division CG-1331, HQS-PolicyandStandards@uscg.mil