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Kentucky Guardsman Sues Over Tattoo Policy

A Kentucky National Guardsman is seeking $100 million in damages after a new policy in the US Army affects members with tattoos.

Adam C. Thorogood, 28, of Nashville, filed suit in Paducah this week. He is based at Ft. Campbell and has ink on both arms from his wrists to his elbows. 

According to the Associated Press, the new regulations governing tattoos, hair, fingernails, glasses, and jewelry, went into effect in March. They prohibit ink below the knees and elbows and any soldier with such tattoos is barred from seeking a promotion. That's where Thorogood's problem arises as he has always wanted to join a special force.

Brett Barrouquerre reports in the AP:

...but the Army is using the body art against him and stopping him from fulfilling a dream of joining "The Nightstalkers," the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Thorogood's attorneys said the new rules are preventing their client from seeking appointment as a warrant officer.

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"You've got a soldier who is about as gung ho as you get ... then you've got this regulation you read about on Facebook and you don't have a career," said Robin May, a Kentucky-based attorney who represents Thorogood. "That would be a blow."

The above photo is from Facebook and is not necessarily of Thorogood