New Army tattoo policy eliminates potential recruits, future officer promotions

By the end of April, new recruits will be held to the Army’s new grooming standards–which include stricter rules on tattoos.

If you have a sleeve tattoo–you are eliminated.

If you have a tattoo on the face, neck, head, hands or fingers–forget about it. If you have ink below the elbow or below the knee, you are limited to 4 tattoos, none bigger than the size of your hand.

The Army is allowing those new recruits already under contract, as well as current active duty soldiers, to be grandfathered in under the old rules—but if any of those enlisted soldiers want to try and get their commission to become an officer, they would be barred if their tattoos don’t match the new policy.

According to the Sergeant Major of the Army, who came up with the new standards, it is all meant to keep up a more professional peacetime force.


Leave the phone in the drain

A British teenager had to be rescued by firefighters earlier this week. No, there wasn't a fire, she dropped her phone down a storm drain...then tried to go get it. She got stuck and emergency services probably got a good laugh. 16-year-old Ella Birchenough tried to get into the drain after her blackberry fell out of her pocket and while she was rescued, her phone is broken.


Take the Stress Out of Tax...

Okay, we're not saying you're going to file your income taxes late. But based on what you did last year, we're just saying. So registered broker and dealer Brian Lund is offering some tips on stress-free late tax filings, courtesy of a group of certified public accountants, the American Institute of CPAs:

• Avoid the last-minute rush (Duh!), but in case you can't, the U.S. Postal Service will have people standing by to receive your tax returns right up until the last minute at midnight on April 15th.

• If you truly need more time to get it done, you can file a Form 4868

• Here's a key thing to do: File your return, even if you can't pay your taxes at this moment. The Internal Revenue Service, who's watching all of this, says, "[I]f you cannot pay all the taxes you owe, you should still file your tax return on time and pay as much as you can, then explore other payment options. The IRS will work with you."

• Don't file an incomplete tax form. Additional charges and penalties will apply.

• And finally, face the reality of it all: if you do miss the April 15th deadline, arrange to file anyway and, again, pay as much as you can. Remember, the IRS will work with you. Set up a payment agreement with them. It's called an Installment Agreement Request.