New Marine Corps Tattoo Regulations

MCBUL 1020 MPO 29 Oct 2021

Situation. Marines have inherited a legacy that we must honor and preserve for future generations of men and women bearing the title United States Marine, and that means meeting and exceeding the standards the American people have come to expect from our Corps.

The American people expect Marines to be disciplined, physically fit, and ready to accomplish any mission. They also expect Marines to represent the nation they are sworn to protect. The tattoo policy over the years has attempted to balance the individual desires of Marines with the need to maintain the disciplined appearance expected of our profession. This Bulletin ensures that the Marine Corps maintains its ties to the society it represents and removes all barriers to entry for those members of society wishing to join its ranks.

Cancellation. This Bulletin cancels MCBUL 1020 dated 2 Jun 2016. This Bulletin is cancelled one year from the date of publication or when incorporated into reference (a), whichever occurs first. 3. Mission. Commanders shall ensure that all Marines with tattoos adhere to the policy outlined in this Bulletin in order to maintain the disciplined appearance expected of our profession while removing barriers to service.

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