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Six Army Tattoo Failures [UPDATED]

1. “Write full titles, ranks, and names. Example: Major, Colonel, etc. In the Army, both First Lieutenant and Second Lieutenant are referred to as ‘Lieutenant.’” -Battlebook Chapter 10: Protocol, Customs and Courtesies.

 

2.  ”As we look at the counterinsurgency (COIN) operations in Afghanistan, knowledge and understanding of Afghan culture can greatly facilitate dealing with the local population.”  -COIN Manual, Chapter 1, Line 1.

 3. “At the Pentagon, the story of the multiplying uniforms has provided a step-by-step illustration of how duplication blooms in government — and why it’s usually not good.” -David A. Fahrenthold, “With 10 patterns, U.S. military branches out on camouflage.

Between a legal threat we received and the comment below, we’ve removed this tat with apologies. The tat pairs MARPAT with an Army name tape.

If you’re too lazy to scroll down, the commenter writes, “#3 is one of my best friends. It speaks to our service to Country. It speaks to being a Soldier in and out of uniform. The colors are the ones that show well on skin as I have an 11″x17″ sleeve on my right arm in the same coloring and digital pattern. Nothing about the tattoo is accidental. The unfinished dog tags Speak of a Soldier Brother who passed too soon. The Soldier adorned with the digital full chest piece is one of the most respected young officers in our State National Guard.”

 

4. “All the wrong people remember Vietnam. I think all the people who remember it should forget it, and all the people who forgot it should remember it.” - Michael Herr, “Dispatches”

 

5.  ”Visible tattoos or brands on the neck, face or head are prohibited.” - AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia

 

6. “Employ good spelling techniques.”  -4 Vocabulary Strategies for Mastering the ASVAB Exam

 

Comments

  1. CW3 Ken Jambor Says:
    May 26th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    #3 is one of my best friends. It speaks to our service to Country. It speaks to being a Soldier in and out of uniform. The colors are the ones that show well on skin as I have an 11″x17″ sleeve on my right arm in the same coloring and digital pattern. Nothing about the tattoo is accidental. The unfinished dog tags Speak of a Soldier Brother who passed too soon. The Soldier adorned with the digital full chest piece is one of the most respected young officers in our State National Guard.