DETROIT -

The United States Army will soon announce new rules and regulations with regards to the appearance of soldiers.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler confirmed to Stars and Stripes that tattoos visible below elbows or knees, or above the neck, will soon be forbidden. Soldiers who already have them would be grandfathered in.

The new rules lay out a process by which soldiers can meet with their unit leaders and "self identify" their respective tattoos. Soldiers would have to pay for the removal of any ink that violates rules.

Chandler said that the regulation could be officially in place within the next 30 to 60 days. He also said he wants soldiers to stand out, but because of their achievements, not because of how they look.