When the Army reversed its much-hated tattoo policy, many cheered Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey, who was a driving force behind the decision.
“Soldiers show me their new tattoos now,” Dailey told Army Times.
But Dailey, who became the Army’s top senior enlisted soldier on Jan. 30, doesn’t have any ink of his own — for now.
Your SMA has recently given some serious thought about getting a tattoo, and he had an inspired idea:
What if he asked soldiers to pick some ideas for a tattoo, and then put the best up for an Army-wide vote?
Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey is breath of fresh air bringing some common sense to the position after years of SMAs that have been out of touch with the troops they are supposed to advocate for.
First, I think this is a great idea, in and of itself (and I’d love to see him get a My Little Pony tattoo). Second, and more importantly, it shows that he hears the concerns of the troops, and takes them to heart.
Soldiers will always complain about something, and many times, the answer to the complaint is, it can’t be helped. But soldiers really get frustrated when they perceive their complaints simply aren’t being heard at all.
Just one bit of advice for SMA Dailey- no tramp stamps.