The U.S. Air Force will no longer disqualify recruits who admit to past weed smokingand moving forward, its members can now have more tattoos. Changes to the policy were made to make requirements for airmen and women more in line with other branches of the military and to appeal to a young and hip pool of potential volunteers. Previously, when it came to pot, the Air Force employed a sort of arbitrary system to determine how much past weed use was too much.
“Some recruiters used if you smoked marijuana less than five times, sometimes it was less than 15 times,” said Gen Gina Grosso, Air Force lieutenant and Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services. “What we decided to do is stop asking [about] prior marijuana use at the recruiter level… who really counts how many times they’ve used marijuana? So that just comes off the table,” added Grosso.
Smoking weed while serving will still be strictly prohibited.
As for easing its tattoo restrictions, the so-called “25% rule” no longer applies. According to Air Force Times, “Airmen were previously not allowed to have tattoos on the chest, back, arms and legs that were larger than 25 percent of the exposed body part.” Now members are free to get full sleeve tattoos and large back pieces, which are reportedly popular amongst wannabe flyboys, 20% of whom would otherwise be disqualified because of their ink.