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So I've tried to research a bit and from what I can find, I think it's okay but I wanted to check because my dad used to be in the Royal Navy so he's worried about the implications. So I want to be a doctor (hopefully starting university in September 2021) and I'm not certain but I'm seriously considering joining one of the armed forces (not sure which one yet) as a doctor afterwards.

I want to get a tattoo on my forearm (it's not obscene or offensive, basically an anatomical heart in a hand) and think it's allowed when joining but my dad worries that although it's allowed for lower ranks, it might be an issue for promotions to higher ranks or as a 'professional' individual i.e. a doctor. Could this cause any issues in future for me?

If it weren't allowed I'd probably get it on my calf instead if that one would be allowed.

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my dad worries that although it's allowed for lower ranks, it might be an issue for promotions to higher ranks or as a 'professional' individual i.e. a doctor. Could this cause any issues in future for me?
In a word; no.
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If it’s within the rules it’s within the rules, it’s 2020 there’s plenty of people in all three services of all ranks ages races genders with tattoos of all kind.
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So I've tried to research a bit and from what I can find, I think it's okay but I wanted to check because my dad used to be in the Royal Navy so he's worried about the implications. So I want to be a doctor (hopefully starting university in September 2021) and I'm not certain but I'm seriously considering joining one of the armed forces (not sure which one yet) as a doctor afterwards.

I want to get a tattoo on my forearm (it's not obscene or offensive, basically an anatomical heart in a hand) and think it's allowed when joining but my dad worries that although it's allowed for lower ranks, it might be an issue for promotions to higher ranks or as a 'professional' individual i.e. a doctor. Could this cause any issues in future for me?

If it weren't allowed I'd probably get it on my calf instead if that one would be allowed.

Thanks all
Noting that, as a Dr, you will have your sleeves rolled up most of your working day, so a forearm tattoo will necessarily be visible all the time in your day to day working environment.
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Having your sleeves rolled up and a forearm tattoo visible as a doctor is no different to any other member of the Forces with a forearm tattoo who wear short sleeves or sleeves folded up. If it meets the rules, it's fine.
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Having your sleeves rolled up and a forearm tattoo visible as a doctor is no different to any other member of the Forces with a forearm tattoo who wear short sleeves or sleeves folded up. If it meets the rules, it's fine.
I'm thinking beyond the rules. There are still cultural issues for some people about tattoos, and being a Doctor, a career that might be expected to meet a very wide range of society, it's something that needs to be considered. Especially when the OP seems ambivalent about having the tattoo on a leg. The is life after the Armed Forces, not so much after a tattoo!
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KNW

You may be interested in this:

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers...-officer-cadet

I would be inclined to suggest waiting until after you've been through the first stage of your career before you get this tattoo.
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