Once again our military bends the rules to promote their agenda but when we have a young man willing to serve and fight for his country and is stopped over this, then you know the direction of this nation needs a rewrite.
Anthony Bauswell, 18, of Greenbrier, Arkansas said a recruiter told him on Jan. 18 he was disqualified from joining the service because he has a Confederate Flag tattoo on his ribs. The tattoo, which is about the size of his hand, includes the red and blue Confederate flag with the words “Southern Pride” written on it.
Bauswell said the tattoo is not mean to be racist, and I truly believe that’s what he meant. The political correctness movement has stifled many Americans who just want to be left alone. This young man didn’t deserve this.
“I definitely don’t want it to be seen as racism, which is 99 percent of the reason I got Southern pride on it,” Bauswell told NBC Arkansas.
Bauswell said he is not sure what he will do now. “I felt pretty low. My government wasn’t going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin.”
Hopefully, Anthony finds a way to “get er done” and turn this into a positive. I am sure the military wants him as much as he wants to serve his country. It’s a brotherhood, and he shouldn’t be turned away ever!
According to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, recruits cannot have any tattoos that are “prejudicial to good order, discipline or morale,” including tattoos that are sexist, racist, vulgar, anti-American or related to a gang or extremist organization. Marines are also prohibited from having tattoos or brands on their heads or neck, as well as large sleeve tattoos.
Marines who had the tattoos before April 2007 are grandfathered in.
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The Marines Corps recently announced it is updating its tattoo policy. The changes are expected to provide additional flexibility as to what types of tattoos are allowed. The new policy is expected within the next month.
How do you feel about this rule? With all the changing they are doing our military these days, this should not even matter anymore. It’s a tattoo!
H/T – told NBC Arkansas
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