The U.S. Air Force abruptly rescinded a new ban on forearm tattoos after dozens of recruits -- including a Westmoreland County woman -- were told they could not head to basic training despite having qualified under old standards. Twenty-six recruits were barred from shipping out to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio after the Air Force quietly expanded its policy on tattoos on Nov. 25. Among them was Kayla Bresnan, 19, of Penn Township, whose tattoo of a theatrical mask on her "saluting" or right forearm passed muster when she was sworn in to the Delayed Entry Program in April. "We are working diligently to ensure those individuals who were affected and whose tattoos were already approved are rescheduled for a ship date for Basic Military Training," Amy Bartholomew, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Recruiting Service, wrote in an e-mail. Ms. Bresnan will depart for Lackland Dec. 15. The Air Force's existing policy, which remains, bars "obscene" and "excessive" tattoos. The service expanded it to prohibit tattoos on the right forearm after a recent review of more than 6,000 trainees found at least 80 with inappropriate tattoos. The Air Force said it wanted to tighten its rules to ensure members were "portraying a professional military image."