Increasing numbers of Chinese youths are being ruled out of military service
for having tattoos, state media reported.
Xing Haisong tattoos a customer at his Shanghai
tattoo parlor in 2005. Increasing numbers of Chinese youths are being
ruled out of military service for having tattoos, state media reported.
More than 2,000 volunteers have been
turned away by the armed forces, according to statistics released recently by
the military, an increase of 30 percent from the previous year, the Beijing
Youth Daily reported.
The Chinese military bans tattoos exceeding 2 centimeters (three quarters of
But with fast-modernizing Chinese society catching on to foreign fashion
trends, many youths now sport large tattoos.
Many Chinese youths consider body art to be a necessary badge of membership
in certain social circles, the daily said.
The newspaper quoted one dismayed youth as saying he did not know about the
tattoo rule. Joining the army is viewed by many as a way of acquiring essential
skills for a later civilian career.
The Chinese armed forces induct tens of thousands of recruits each year, the
The Chinese military also turns away recruits who are overweight, test
positive for drugs or AIDS, or who are chronic snorers.
The US military bans all tattoos above the collar line and any tattoo that
conveys a sexist, racist, indecent or extremist message.