Chief Warrant Officer Richard Sambenedetto shows off his 'Shipmate' tattoo in his office at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 (U.S. Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)
The U.S. Coast Guard is keeping up with the times with its latest policy update that addresses tattoos.
The update allows some tattoos to show while in uniform that were previously not allowed.
As veterans, anytime we scroll through Facebook, play around on Twitter, or even change the channel on the TV, we're inundated with ads designed specifically for us. Whether it's a college that wants to get a slice of that G.I. Bill money cake, or some boot company trying to get veterans to buy another pair of uncomfortable footwear, current and former service members are prime targets.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialists 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee
The U.S. military has its own set of laws called the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and its branches too have their own regulations. Though many of these laws and regulations are necessary, useful, or practical, others are outdated or just plain absurd.
If there’s one thing the Marine Corps will never be in short supply of, it’s rules. There are regulations on how to lace your boots, what you can and cannot do while walking, what clothes you can wear while off duty, and numerous pages explaining how to wear your uniform or how your hair should be cut.
Many moons ago, I dispensed some key pieces of advice on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Most of them were aimed at my fellow veterans, but all were definitely sound suggestions to anyone who still serves, has served, or any zombie-wary and well-prepared civilians.