I get, it, sort of, because I too hate tattoos, but times have changed, like it or not, and good combat vets are probably as rare as young people who haven't defaced their skin.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has explained the reason for the Corps’ tattoo policy: “We are not in a rock and roll band. We are Marines. We have a brand. People expect a certain thing from us,” he told Marine Corps Times in February 2016.