- - Friday, May 9, 2014

The United States Army has bigger battles to fight than barring folks with “too many” tattoos from becoming commissioned officers (“New Army groom rules: No officer stripes for too-tattooed soldiers,” Web, March 21).

Tattoos have nothing whatsoever to do with protecting and defending the U.S. Constitution against all enemies. Besides, our meager, all-volunteer army needs all the able soldiers it can get so that we can relieve our troops from multiple tours of duty. Turning away applicants charged with felonies and those with mental-health issues makes good sense. Limiting the upward mobility of soldiers because of tattoos? Asinine.

JOANN LEE FRANK

Clearwater, Fla.