Maine Woman turned down by the Marines due to Collar Bone Tattoo?! What do you think? [PHOTOS]
Kate Pimental of Kennebunk, Maine has had a dream to one day join the U.S. Marine Corps, and protect her country. Her dream came to an end, when the Marines revoked her request to join, due to her inspiring collar bone tattoo. Kate has now found herself in the middle of a controversy about equal rights in the military regarding tattoo placement, and what is accepted. Her story has grabbed the attention of U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree, who has now challenged the Marines to change their tattoo policy for women, and the public, who either support her, or not.
According to the tattoo policy for Men in the Marines, they can have a collar bone tattoo, because their uniform style does cover it completely. But, women's uniform style does not cover a collar bone tattoo. Therefore, in Kate's case, she cannot join the Marines. And, as seen above, Kate's tattoo is an inspiring message, it says 'Let your smile change the world, but never let the world change you'. Just like the message her tattoo gives, Kate continues to keep her chin up, and continues to train at the Marine Recruiting Center in South Portland. She is not giving up on her dream and continues to be strong.
The Bangor Daily News says that Rep Pingree has made it her mission to demolish the Marines archaic policy that is discriminatory towards women with tattoos. Pingree has written a commandant to the U.S. Marine Corps to change the policy, and says “That’s not right, and it keeps smart, capable women like Kate from being able to serve her country. Several policies and regulations that, however unintentional, directly affect female Marines’ opportunities to serve. As women take more active roles in defending this country, it’s important that we address some of the discrepancies that provide men with options unavailable to their female counterparts.”