Air Force says get inked, get grounded

If you start seeing a bunch of 18-year-olds with brazen but well-placed tattoos soon, there may be a reason.

They're just not into flying – for the U.S. Air Force.

That's the reason one Benicia teenager had his wings clipped this week, when he found that his well-inked arm had barred him from entering basic training. Just the Air Force, mind you, in case you still want to be a Navy Seal.

Josh Parker, 18, had big hopes about joining the service, only to see them dashed by a new policy invoked by the Air Force which says you can't have tattoos on the right arm or hands. The intention, we're told, is to keep up the military's image.

So Parker is now in a no-fly zone. For the record, his tattoo happens to be his name, in Hebrew. The separation of church and state continues.

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