At the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) expressed his concern that repealing the rule would pave the way for allowing “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization, and body art” in the military — and that the army must “exclude persons whose presence in the armed forces would create unacceptable risk to the armed forces’ high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion.”
Yeah, the last thing you want is for your nation’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coasties to have tattoos. You don’t know what kind of unprofessionalism that’ll yield. And where gays go, tattoos follow.
I have six tattoos. (Well, I count them as five — one piece is spread across either forearm — but whatever.) And when I’ve embedded, I’ve been impressed at how little ink I have compared to our fine fighting men and women. It seems like a fair correlation that the high combat proficiency of the military has coincided with the rapid proliferation of tattooing.