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Teen Loses Life Plan After Marines Reject Him Over Tattoo

Anthony Bauswell, 18, of Greenbrier, Arkansas wanted to join the Marine Corps, but was disqualified because he had a Confederate flag tattoo.

Bauswell said he told a recruiter about the "Southern Pride" tattoo on Jan. 18. The recruiter told him the process would not go forward. Bauswell explained, "As soon as I said rebel flag on my ribs, he says DQ, just automatically, DQ."

The tattoo is a Confederate flag with the words "Southern Pride" written across it. Bauswell said "I felt pretty low. My own government wasn't going to let me serve my country because of the ink on my skin."

Of his tattoo he said, "I definitely don't want it to be seen as racism, which is 99 percent of the reason I got 'Southern Pride' on it." Bauswell also said he thought he had his plan for his life, and now he doesn't know what to do.

The Marine Corps officially forbids tattoos with "racist, sexist, eccentric or offensive" content. Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told the Marine Corps Times on Jan. 20, "Having talked to them, I don’t think most Marines understand what the policy is. I don’t think they understand what they can do. They just know they can’t get a sleeve.”

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