"A Marine with tattoos doesn't mean you're a bad Marine, said Sgt. Maj. William Wiseman, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron sergeant major.
"However, since tattoos are a visual reminder of your personal thoughts, feelings and ideas, a Marine with visible tattoos may not be the best candidate for a high-profile assignment. Since the Marine Corps has the most recognizable uniform in the world, this makes the Corps a high-profile assignment."
"You joined the Corps; the Corps didn't join you."
Corps clears up tattoo policy http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasyuma/Pages/20100204tattoo.aspx#.T8z5TdVfHnY
Corps clears up tattoo policy