Mexican army finally allows recruits to have tattoos

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican army and air force are finally allowing recruits to have tattoos, but they still bar perforations, at least for men.

Army rules published Wednesday say recruits can have tattoos as long as “they are not visible when the uniform is worn,” and “are not offensive or promote criminality.”

Tattoos more than 10 square centimeters (4 inches) are still banned, as are perforations for men.

Women recruits can have “normal” earring piercings.

The previous military recruiting code said published in 2005 said “potential recruits should not have tattoos or perforations on any part of their body.”