U.S. Army getting ready to change tattoo policy for soldiers

The U.S. Army is about to change its policy on tattoos.

According to the Stars and Stripes newspaper, the Secretary of the Army has approved new regulations that will ban tattoos below the elbows and knees, along with those above the neckline.

New soldiers would have to pay to get those tattoos removed. Current soldiers may be allowed to keep theirs.

The Sergeant Major of the Army told Stars and Stripes it is a matter of maintaining a uniform look. He says the Army wants soldiers to stand out for their achievements, not their look.

The change still needs the final signature of the Army Secretary.

The policy change is expected to become official within the next 30 to 60 days.