The war of terror initially started in 2005 and was Americas response to the horrid events of 9/11. An influx of troops was needed to fight the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, but the military struggled to meet the extremely high demand for soldiers. The need for military power was extremely crucial to the response to the attacks and United States solution to obtain enough soldiers was done by cutting corners to get an abundance of men enlisted. The military began lowering standards for acceptance for enlisting. One of the standards that was lowered and commonly overlooked by recruiters was the type of tattoos allowed when joining the military. This resulted in a number of supremacists, nationalist, extremist and gang participants into the military allowing every individual access to military weapons and tactical experience.
Current rules prohibit any form of tattoos thar appear sexist, extremist, and indecent but the United States continue to struggle with a number of supremacists, nationalist, extremist and gang participants.
Common symbolism demonstrating participation in extremist group are numerical indications, controversial symbols like Nordic design, swastika, Odin’s cross and flags like the confederate flag. It appears that the meaning of these common symbolization of extremist, nationalist and gang participation has been socially diluted which has resulted in an allowance of disregarding tattoos. It’s much harder to determine the meaning of a tattoo now as it was before but tattoos still continue to be a clear indication of connection to the prohibited groups.
Common symbols like lightning bolts, 3 point pitch forks, 5 pointed crowns and 4/20 are all indications of involvement in some form of prohibited military group. The interpretation of these symbolism sometimes continues to change and due to the ever changing gang culture it is extremely hard t of determine the appropriate or inappropriate tattoos.
In recent years the military still continues to overlook specific tattoos or allow “moral waivers” allowing individuals to overcome the restrictions to be able to enlist. The secretiveness of both the organizations and the military has kept the issue behind closed doors.