U-S Secretary of the Army Christine D. Wormuth late last week signed an updated directive that allows recruits and current Soldiers to receive tattoos on their hands, the back of their ears, and the back of their necks. This act was taken ostensively to help the Army to compete for top talent. The Army will now allow Soldiers to have one tattoo on each hand that does not exceed one inch in length. Soldiers also have the option to place a tattoo no larger than two inches on the back of their neck, and one inch-long tattoo behind each ear. Additionally, tattoos can be impressed between fingers as long as the designs cannot be seen when the fingers are closed. The Army will continue to prohibit tattoos on a Soldier’s face and the body art will continue to be allowed on a Soldier’s arms and legs as long as they do not become visible above a Soldier’s collar. Soldiers may not cover up tattoos with bandages or wrappings to comply with the regulation. According to TRADOC, 41 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds have at least one or more tattoos. The Army begin allowing Soldiers to have tattoos in 2015.