A Kentucky National Guard soldier with aspirations of joining a U.S. Army special operations unit wants a federal judge to overturn the military's new regulations concerning soldiers with tattoos.
Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood of Nashville, Tennessee, said the tattoos covering his left arm from the elbow to the wrist aren't harmful, 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.
Thorogood, 28, sued Thursday in U.S. District Court in Paducah, Kentucky, seeking to have the new rules declared unconstitutional. He is seeking $100 million in damages.
Thorogood has 11 tattoos, including three on his left arm featuring a three-member sniper team, a second of skulls and the sniper logo of a serpent and spear and an ambigram of the words "Fear Is the Mind Killer".
Nope, although I can imagine SF WO, are a breed of their own.Haven't been around a lot of SF guys then.
I assess that he would have a stronger case if he wasn't seeking $100 million. I could see attempting to seek damages for potential lost retirement income IF successful as a Warrant and successfully in achieving the 20 year retirement goal...but even that is a stretch.
I agree. Seeking injunctive relief and fees would have helped him hold the moral high ground.
That said, I hope he wins and we see a ruling against tattoo policies such as the Army has instituted. That would put the kibosh on my PD's newly (yesterday) published tattoo policy.
What new rules did your PD come up with? Something similar to the recent Army change?