That butterfly tattoo adorning the lower back of many a young woman nowadays means that cute little behind may never see the inside of a US military uniform.
Ditto for the guys, wherever and whatever their ink may be.
Despite dropping enlistment numbers, a whopping 75% of otherwise eligible American youths are being disqualified from military service for their “body art,” aka tattoos and piercings.
Man, and I thought getting a tattoo was a required part of shore leave for navy recruits.
The body art prohibition adds a potential new angle to military draft dodging.
One way to avoid the draft during Vietnam was to hop the border to Canada. Or, you could obtain 4-F status (ineligible for the draft) by having kids, getting married, being gay or being white.
Then there was the “MIA in Alabama” tactic (George W. Bush), having other priorities at the time (Dick Cheney), and having a hair up one's ass (Rush Limbaugh). These guys are far more creative than I gave them credit for.
Alas, the tattooing and piercing trends started much too late for these American heroes.
Today’s young draftee would have it easier, it seems. Instead of feigning homosexuality by showing up at the induction center hand-in-hand with his best friend; he can just show the draft board his pierced scrotum or bitchin' naked lady tattoo.
In America, it seems the needle is mightier than the sword.
Note to self: Tell draft-age nephews to get inked and/or pierced before the US overextends itself and starts a war with Iran.