A leaked copy of the Army’s uniform and appearance regulation, AR 670-1, posted to Facebook and obtained by the Army Times, reveal sweeping changes to the Army’s policy regarding tattoos.

Among the changes:

  • Tattoos are no longer permitted on the face, head, neck, or hands.
  • Any tattoos above the neckline, below the elbows, or below the knees must be approved and annotated by commanders.
  • Sleeve tattoos are banned on the arms and legs.
  • Soldiers may have just four tattoos below the elbow or the knee. These tattoos must be able to be covered by the wearer’s hand.
  • Commanders will also conduct an annual inspections of their soldiers for prohibited tattoos.

Read the full changes at the Army Times.