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Old 11-12-2010, 19:34   #31
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I had a tattoo on my left shoulder, got it while in training group. A year later I had it removed . The reason, It had english writing and tagged me as an American.

As an aside, while in Viet Nam, we had a young Sergeant join us who had "kill viet cong" tattooed, in Vietnameese, on his fore arm. Took him about two days assigned to an actual fighting A-team to see the Bac Si and get that mess removed. Guess he figured out the the VC killed back.

Body ink while on active duty with the Groups is a liability to you and your teammates, lose it. Last paragraph is my humble opinion based on personal experience.
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Old 01-20-2011, 19:18   #32
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Body ink while on active duty with the Groups is a liability to you and your teammates, lose it. Last paragraph is my humble opinion based on personal experience.
My godfather had a tattoo done on his forearm back in the 60's (so smudged one cant even tell what it is), He said that exact thing.Also, if he would've gotten sick from the process of getting the tattoo he would've been in trouble.
For the record he wasnt SF,but a DI in virginia.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:41   #33
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a. get this tat!"
b. get this earring in my nipple!"
c. chug this bottle of Everclear!"
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:40   #34
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I understand many of the posters here are more senior and from a different generation, but take a look around the group areas. Many, lots of team members are wearing full sleeves, some have chest and backs done. In most of the CIFs it is rare to see a guy that is not tatted up.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:46   #35
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I understand many of the posters here are more senior and from a different generation, but take a look around the group areas. Many, lots of team members are wearing full sleeves, some have chest and backs done. In most of the CIFs it is rare to see a guy that is not tatted up.
Yeah, I would say that over 80% of group is tatted up now days. I have mine. Though I will say that percentage goes way way down if you are looking for military related tattoos. I would suggest and advice against military related tattoos till after you retire.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:04   #36
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I understand many of the posters here are more senior and from a different generation, but take a look around the group areas. Many, lots of team members are wearing full sleeves, some have chest and backs done. In most of the CIFs it is rare to see a guy that is not tatted up.
I appreciate your tact.

It's a paradigm shift or evolutionary process I liken to the allowance of openly homo soldiers.

Don't worry, we FOG's gotta slide away at some point; although I'm working on a scheme in which my brain is transplanted into a clone of Pierce Brosnan's body @ 26 years of age.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:35   #37
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Yeah, they're already working wonders with the chia transplants.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:31   #39
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I am actually in the process of having one removed before I go to SFAS. I have numerous but this particular one is something that makes me stick out. I do not want to risk my chances at being selected over that.
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Seeing as how I haven't made it to a group yet or even started the Q, I can't speak on that aspect. But one of the cadre at selection told me because my tattoos can been seen in a suit, I probably wouldn't get to do some missions, especially ones revolving around an embassy. But when I got back, I was told by a long tabbed MSG from 5th Group that it all depends on the situations.
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Old 04-28-2011, 15:26   #41
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Seeing as how I haven't made it to a group yet or even started the Q, I can't speak on that aspect. But one of the cadre at selection told me because my tattoos can been seen in a suit, I probably wouldn't get to do some missions, especially ones revolving around an embassy. But when I got back, I was told by a long tabbed MSG from 5th Group that it all depends on the situations.


Read what you typed real slow - it ended up with "it all depends".

In most cases might not make a difference. In some it might - "it all depends".

Me? I want the best chance at doing everything I try for. I'd hate to be told "We'd like to take you but........"

If you're happy with it - so be it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 15:29   #42
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...But when I got back, I was told by a long tabbed MSG from 5th Group that it all depends on the situations.
Having tattoos which can be seen while wearing business/business casual clothing WILL have an adverse effect on your getting selected for certain assignments.

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Old 04-28-2011, 15:33   #43
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Read what you typed real slow - it ended up with "it all depends".

In most cases might not make a difference. In some it might - "it all depends".

Me? I want the best chance at doing everything I try for. I'd hate to be told "We'd like to take you but........"

If you're happy with it - so be it.
I would hate to be told something like that...I'm just going to go to the "Q" course give a 110% and we will see from there. I already had a tattoo removed and it hurt more than the tattoo and looks worse than when the tattoo was there.
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Old 04-28-2011, 16:08   #44
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Tatoo's?

If the U S ARMY Special Forces wanted you to have a tatoo, You would get a tatoo in leiu of the Yarborough Knife....Regard's, tom kelly
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Old 04-28-2011, 16:35   #45
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Some of us make good life choices and some bad. Some you have to live with, some you can change. It's all about choices.

I think I'll go and get my "first" tat now......I'm thinking something SF.. maybe a SF Crest?
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