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No, it won't disqualify you, but when you go for your physical it cannot be in.
Body piercing. When on any Army installation or other places under Army control, soldiers may not attach, affix, or display objects, articles, jewelry, or ornamentation to or through the skin while they are in uniform, in civilian clothes on duty, or in civilian clothes off duty (this includes earrings for male soldiers). The only exception is for female soldiers, as indicated in paragraph 1–14d, below. (The term “skin” is not confined to external skin, but includes the tongue, lips, inside the mouth, and other surfaces of the body not readily visible).
If you don’t want to wear jewelry but do want to preserve a piercing—like many pregnant women who don’t want to wear a belly ring again until after delivery—an inert, flexible insert made of Tygon (which is like fishing line) or PTFE (Teflon) will prevent the hole from closing up. Consult a professional piercer or a dermatologist
How to take care of a lip piercing?
Know that most piercing places will provide you (for some cost) some type of germicidal topical solution to apply to your new piercing. These solutions are easy to obtain from your piercer and will greatly benefit you.
Understand that any combination of the following will help your piercing to heal more quickly and with less risk for infection.
Use a germicide to cleanse the front of your lip and the ring. Place a small amount of soap on the ring and spin it through. Rinse with water.
Cleanse inside of your mouth by using a non-alcohol mouthwash such as biotene or crest prohealth (do NOT use listerene, it contains alcohol which will inhibit healing) or a mixture of 1/4th teaspoon of salt to an 8 ounce glass of water. Swish and spit!
Neosporin SHOULD NOT be applied to your piercing at ANY TIME due to it is not ment for puncture wounds, which is what a piercing is.
You can use a Distilled Salt Water solution, however on the outside and inside to clean it. Add 1/4th teaspoon of UN-IODIZED sea salt to a half a cup of warm water, dip a Qtip in it and swab the outside of your piercing to clean it.
DO NOT use alcohol or peroxide solution, on your new piercing. Contrary to previous reports, the National Piercing Association has proved that using those products will dry out piercings and heal them improperly and can damage your body.
DO NOT try to change your lip jewelry before it is healed. ask a professional piercer to change it or just wait till the 3 weeks of healing are up because taking the ring out could cause the piercing to close.
How do you become a body piercer?
Locate a shop that does body piercing that has a good reputation for it. Ask around. People are very honest when it comes to piercing.
Visit several of the shops and find one that will give you an apprenticeship. If more than one will choose the one that you feel the most comfortable with.
Contact OSHA, the National Safety Council or the Red Cross and find a class on blood borne pathogens. Go and take notes. You will get a certificate of completion.
Attend classes on CPR and First Aid and keep up on your certifications.
Train as an apprentice for three months where you will watch and learn about the shop and its policies including sterilization, cross-contamination, disinfection techniques as well as other health and safety.
Spend six to twelve months as a full time apprentice under the supervision of a trained and licensed professional watching everything so that you can learn how to treat a customer, about all of the jewelry available (size, selection, quality), how to handle problems when they arise and to correct them and the aftercare treatments.
Watch the piercing procedures several time before doing them as a professional guides you.
Attend a course on the human anatomy which will also cover hygiene and show piercing demonstrations.
Attain a certificate of license from the Association of Professional Piercers in order to be recognized as a reputable and professional body piercer
You're best bet is to take a job in a shop and start out as a counter girl or something of the nature, express your interest in learning to pierce, talk to the piercer as much as possible, ask to sit in on piercings, and keep showing your interest. Start offering to help the piercer out, let them teach you how to set up their station for a piercing, and cleaning up after a piercing and how to sterilize the equipment, sometimes if you're already working there, they will actually tip you for doing this for them. I tip my apprentices for doing these things for me, my apprentices don't pay me to teach them, however I do make them work for it, lol.
After you've done this for a while, actually ask to apprentice, just make sure that the person you are apprenticing under really and honestly does known their stuff. There are a lot of piercer's that have no business working in a studio that some how manage to barely scrape by on what little knowledge they have.