This is a new page and hence, I am still working on it. I just got a nice explanation of the tattoo policy for Border Patrol, and it is pretty much self explanatory. If you see a remark about the date of this memo regarding certain types of tattoos, unless you are an agent already in your mid-career, you missed that cutoff date. ______________________________________________________________________________________________
6.14.7 Tattoos and/or brandings
6.14.7. l Obscene, racially/ethnically derogatory and/or gang tattoos or brandings shall not be visible. Disputes regarding these issues will be resolved as expeditiously as practicable.
220.127.116.11 Tattoos and/or brandings on the head, face, neck or hands are not permitted. Exemptions shall be granted for tattoos or brandings on the head, face, neck or hands that exist on the date this policy is implemented. Agents are responsible for promptly (normally not more than 30 days from receipt of this policy) providing their immediate supervisor with a color photograph of their pre-existing tattoos and/or brandings and a brief memorandum documenting such submission.
18.104.22.168 All visible tattoos and/or brandings will be covered while performing the following volunteer duties: Recruiting, Public Affairs Officer, Oral Hiring Boards, International Liaison Duties, Community Affairs or judicial proceedings.
When I get my hands on the exact verbiage I will publish it here, but I can tell you it looks something like this: Hair will be worn in a business-like cut, and the side and back will be trimmed to a zero taper. Beards are not permitted for normal daily operations. Mustaches will be neatly trimmed and will not extend beyond the corners of the mouth. All agents are REQUIRED to grow a mustache, including females (okay, not really!).
An initial issue of uniforms will be issued at the academy at government expense. You will receive a voucher valid for the the on line purchase of uniforms from one authorized distributor. You will be issued everything right down to (but not including) your tidy-whities.