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03-26-11, 06:52 PM #1
Tattoo removal scar and MEPS
I am wanting to start the process of joining the Marine Corps, but I have a tattoo (about two inches in length) behind my ear. I know that this is an automatic disqualification and that no waiver could ever get approved for it. So that leaves me with the only option of one, not joining or two, getting laser treatment. I will be damned if that is the thing stopping me from getting in, so I start laser treatments next week. Supposedly although it is a longer and tedious process, it leaves minimal to no scarring. BUT if I am able to get this removed through laser treatments and there is small discoloration or slight scarring, will this disqualify me if the scar is from the removal of a tattoo? And if there is discoloration could I get a waiver for that? I feel like the more recruiters I ask, the more varied of answers I get.
03-26-11, 07:24 PM #2
03-26-11, 07:29 PM #3
So so proud. :/ but I look at it as there is nothing I can do about it now but try to remove it.
Will my answer from a recruiter really differ if I go in and see one? I am over seas right but coming back to the states next week.
03-26-11, 07:33 PM #4
03-26-11, 07:39 PM #5
As I said in my last post, I am coming to the states next week, can't see one until then. The point of this post, was to get some sort of input or knowledge of this mean while.. or if anyone knew of someone who went through something similar. No disrespect.
03-26-11, 07:43 PM #6
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
I have a customer who is a former ear/nose/throat surgeon and now specializes in tat removal. She mentioned that many removals are more subtle and less conspicuous than a burn from a spent cartridge that ejected out and lit on a Marines neck, aka muffler burns... hickey etc...
03-26-11, 07:47 PM #7
"burn from a spent cartridge that ejected out and lit on a Marines neck"
What do you mean by this?
03-26-11, 07:57 PM #8
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03-26-11, 08:35 PM #12
I'll definitely keep an update..
03-26-11, 08:49 PM #13
I hope it makes a difference too! lol I mean one of the recruiter recommended getting it removed, so i'm hoping since he advised it that it will be okay after.
Only time will tell I guess. My hope is that if there is no trace of it once it's gone, that I won't need a waiver at all and that way i'm not waiting years and days to get that approved.
But i'll keep an update!
03-26-11, 11:04 PM #14
- Join Date
- Aug 2004
Once the tat is removed if it does leave a scar so what. People get scars from numerous things during their life. A scar, is a scar, is a scar. In my mind I do not see anything wrong with it. But when I was active duty Marines had tats on their bodies, however I never saw any on the neck, face, ears. Tats can and do get out of control, and that is why there are tat regulations these days.
03-26-11, 11:21 PM #15
- Join Date
- Jan 2010
- Glen Allen, Virginia
Exactly Gunny, it's a friggin scar.
But be advised as to why the policy exists
"“A Marine with tattoos doesn’t mean you’re a bad Marine,” said Sgt. Maj. William Wiseman, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron sergeant major. “However, since tattoos are a visual reminder of your personal thoughts, feelings and ideas, a Marine with visible tattoos may not be the best candidate for a high-profile assignment. Since the Marine Corps has the most recognizable uniform in the world, this makes the Corps a high-profile assignment. … You joined the Corps; the Corps didn’t join you.”
Tats in the civilian world are an expression of individualism. You join the Corps you become one with the whole.
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