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->''"A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper; his hands remember the rifle."''
-->--OpeningNarration

''Jarhead'' is the title of the 2003 autobiography of [[SemperFi Marine]] scout sniper Anthony Swofford, adapted into a 2005 film which starred Jake Gyllenhall (as Swofford), as well as Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard.

Set before, during, and after [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar the Gulf War]], Swofford's account of his time in the military stands in contrast to more traditional works: being largely an air campaign, Swofford's unit (like many other ground troops) saw little engagement with enemy forces; averting boredom and mental fatigue are more of the day-to-day activities than actual firefights.

Along with documenting the minutiae of military life during basic training and the campaign, Swofford gives background on the types of people that are his fellow Marines.
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!!This work contains examples of:
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Swofford finds out first-hand how much this can suck.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: A [[RunningGag frequently]] recommended strategy to relieve boredom.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Or rather, a Real Marine Is a Killer...
-->'''[=SSgt=]. Sykes:''' The Bible says, "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Now hear this... [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]]. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT. SHIT]].
* BerserkButton: Don't call Fowler "squishy-face." And don't try and steal Troy's kill shot.
* CallForward: Towards the end, when the Marines are rejoicing at getting to go home, one of them screams [[TheWarOnTerror "We never have to come back to this shit-hole again!"]] In the epilogue, we learn that Sykes wound up serving in the second Iraq War.
* CatapultNightmare: Swofford suffers one after a call to his girlfriend gets disconnected earlier that day and makes him obsess over what she might be doing while he is gone.
* ClusterFBomb
* ColdSniper: Averted by the personality types of the platoon, but played straight in the mentality the scout snipers are taught to embody when working in the field. The marines actively desire "getting a kill."
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Invoked in-universe while the marines watch ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** [[TruthInTelevision Since the film is based on Swofford's memoir, keep in mind that the US Army]] ''[[TruthInTelevision actually]]'' [[TruthInTelevision screened]] ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' [[TruthInTelevision for soldiers before sending them to the Gulf.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Drill Instructor Fitch reacts to a smart-ass response by smashing Swofford's head into a chalkboard. In the novel, Fitch was cruel even by Marine standards[[note]]Back then, Drill Instructors were allowed to touch their recruits. By "touch", we mean "beat the shit out of".[[/note]] - he was eventually busted by a passing Officer seeing him go too far. Swofford regrets participating in helping Fitch get busted, as he felt, however ''vicious'' and sadistic he was, it was unfair.
* FacialDialogue: When Kruger, a notable dissenter in almost every conversation, is told he cannot comment against the war on camera, his responses to a reporter are given by this.
* FiringInTheAirALot
* GenreDeconstruction: Can be considered a Deconstruction of war movies, showing how the traditional war movie scenario would play out in the modern age. In the age of computerized warfare, eager young men join the military wanting to serve their country and prove themselves, but often never actually make it to the frontlines and, in the end, are left with crippling feelings of inadequacy when they end up spending more time battling alienation and loneliness than battling the enemy. By the end of the movie, Swofford has shot his weapon [[spoiler:in the air when it turns out the invasion's complete.]]
-->'''Troy''': You can shoot how far? A hundred yards? To go that far in Vietnam, it'd take a week. In World War I, a year. Here? It'll take about ''ten fucking seconds''! By the time we have our rifles dialed, the war's gonna be a mile down the road! Wake up!
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: The girlfriend of one of the marines keeps sending him sexy photos of her wearing his uniform jackets (and nothing else). One of the other marines eventually asks if she has any clothing of her own.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: Noted as a legitimate military tactic to quickly gauge distances: use things you know, such as the length of a football field.
-->'''[=SSgt=]. Sykes:''' You take what you know, and then you multiply. Please don't use your dicks. They're too small, and I can't count that high. I don't wanna hear, "400,000 inches."
* InsistentTerminology[=/=]Military Lingo:
--> '''Swofford (Narrating):'''"''A bed was a rack. A wall was a bulkhead. A shirt was a blouse. A tie was still a tie, and a belt a belt. But many other things would never be the same.''"
* {{Jerkass}}: Dettman's wife arguably qualifies, by letting him know his marriage is over by sending him a homemade movie where she's having sex with their neighbor.
* MilitaryMoonshiner: One, Corporal Harrigan, supplies the illegal booze for the party in Iraq.
* MrFanservice: Gyllenhall, who even appears during a Christmas party wearing only two Santa hats. Guess where they're placed.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Discussed at length in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15876_5-ways-hollywood-tricks-you-into-seeing-bad-movies.html this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article, which cites ''Jarhead'' as a major offender. The trailer tries to make a slow-paced character drama about the boredom and alienation of military life look like a slam-bang war thriller by stringing together footage of the few scenes where there's actually any fighting shown. They even include the scene where Fergus lights the flares on fire, which (taken out of context) makes it look like the marines are under attack. This ''may'' be intentional...
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Fowler commits this. It's defiling a corpse, but that's still a major no-no by the books. There's an allusion to the same soldier having shot a camel just because he could.
* PinkMist: Invoked by name, in an almost erotic way...
* SanitySlippage: When Swofford [[TranquilFury calmly]] defines his choice of firing position that could result in a friendly fire situation (from several inches away, no less), you know things are not going well. To say nothing of pointing his loaded rifle at his squadmate Fergus and threatening to kill him as both revenge for an earlier accident that got him demoted and ''to relieve his boredom''.
-->'''Swofford (Narrating):''' "''For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists.''"
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: Well, it was Christmas...
* SergeantRock: Staff Sergeant Sykes knows his job and knows it well. And he loves it. Oorah.
* ShellShockedVeteran: While riding a bus during a welcome-home parade, the Marines find themselves face-to-face with a ragged VietnamWar veteran who jumps onto the bus to congratulate them for winning the war, and making it "clean". The Veteran visibly [[HeroicBSOD breaks down]] and sits down, asking if he can ride with them for a while. The squad is visibly uncomfortable when faced with what they could possibly become.
* SophisticatedAsHell: A lot of the Marines have HiddenDepths; Troy quotes Hemingway, Swofford is obviously well-read and the platoon's MilitaryMoonshiner, Harrigan, studied Classics at Dartmouth.
** Justified in Swofford's case, since the movie is based on the real Anthony Swofford's memoir. After serving in the Marines, Swofford went on to get an English degree and become a successful writer.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Kruger, played brilliantly by Lucas Black. Subverts it somewhat by being the group skeptic and rather tuned-in to the harsh realities of his situation.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Staff Sergeant Sykes often has his name misspelled by other media, the most common of which being 'Sieks'.
* TemptingFate: "Them paintball bullets, they hurt?"
* {{Understatement}}: "It was shortly after meeting [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Instructor Fitch]] that I realized that joining the Marine Corps might have been a bad decision."
* VanillaEdition: The blu-ray version of the film, while featuring a high-definition transfer, has none of the DVD release's special menus, extended/deleted scenes or behind-the-scenes featurettes.
* WarIsHell: It is... just not for the usual reasons. In the Gulf War, soldiers often spent more time battling alienation and loneliness than the enemy. Due to the brevity of the war, they often had to deal with pent-up energy when they never actually saw a battle.
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Jarhead_7290.jpg[[caption-width:300:Welcome to the Suck...]]]]

->''"A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper; his hands remember the rifle."''
-->--OpeningNarration

''Jarhead'' is the title of the 2003 autobiography of [[SemperFi Marine]] scout sniper Anthony Swofford, adapted into a 2005 film which starred Jake Gyllenhall (as Swofford), as well as Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard.

Set before, during, and after [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar the Gulf War]], Swofford's account of his time in the military stands in contrast to more traditional works: being largely an air campaign, Swofford's unit (like many other ground troops) saw little engagement with enemy forces; averting boredom and mental fatigue are more of the day-to-day activities than actual firefights.

Along with documenting the minutiae of military life during basic training and the campaign, Swofford gives background on the types of people that are his fellow Marines.
----
!!This work contains examples of:
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Swofford finds out first-hand how much this can suck.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: A [[RunningGag frequently]] recommended strategy to relieve boredom.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Or rather, a Real Marine Is a Killer...
-->'''[=SSgt=]. Sykes:''' The Bible says, "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Now hear this... [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]]. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT. SHIT]].
* BerserkButton: Don't call Fowler "squishy-face." And don't try and steal Troy's kill shot.
* CallForward: Towards the end, when the Marines are rejoicing at getting to go home, one of them screams [[TheWarOnTerror "We never have to come back to this shit-hole again!"]] In the epilogue, we learn that Sykes wound up serving in the second Iraq War.
* CatapultNightmare: Swofford suffers one after a call to his girlfriend gets disconnected earlier that day and makes him obsess over what she might be doing while he is gone.
* ClusterFBomb
* ColdSniper: Averted by the personality types of the platoon, but played straight in the mentality the scout snipers are taught to embody when working in the field. The marines actively desire "getting a kill."
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Invoked in-universe while the marines watch ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** [[TruthInTelevision Since the film is based on Swofford's memoir, keep in mind that the US Army]] ''[[TruthInTelevision actually]]'' [[TruthInTelevision screened]] ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' [[TruthInTelevision for soldiers before sending them to the Gulf.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Drill Instructor Fitch reacts to a smart-ass response by smashing Swofford's head into a chalkboard. In the novel, Fitch was cruel even by Marine standards[[note]]Back then, Drill Instructors were allowed to touch their recruits. By "touch", we mean "beat the shit out of".[[/note]] - he was eventually busted by a passing Officer seeing him go too far. Swofford regrets participating in helping Fitch get busted, as he felt, however ''vicious'' and sadistic he was, it was unfair.
* FacialDialogue: When Kruger, a notable dissenter in almost every conversation, is told he cannot comment against the war on camera, his responses to a reporter are given by this.
* FiringInTheAirALot
* GenreDeconstruction: Can be considered a Deconstruction of war movies, showing how the traditional war movie scenario would play out in the modern age. In the age of computerized warfare, eager young men join the military wanting to serve their country and prove themselves, but often never actually make it to the frontlines and, in the end, are left with crippling feelings of inadequacy when they end up spending more time battling alienation and loneliness than battling the enemy. By the end of the movie, Swofford has shot his weapon [[spoiler:in the air when it turns out the invasion's complete.]]
-->'''Troy''': You can shoot how far? A hundred yards? To go that far in Vietnam, it'd take a week. In World War I, a year. Here? It'll take about ''ten fucking seconds''! By the time we have our rifles dialed, the war's gonna be a mile down the road! Wake up!
* HerBoyfriendsJacket: The girlfriend of one of the marines keeps sending him sexy photos of her wearing his uniform jackets (and nothing else). One of the other marines eventually asks if she has any clothing of her own.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: Noted as a legitimate military tactic to quickly gauge distances: use things you know, such as the length of a football field.
-->'''[=SSgt=]. Sykes:''' You take what you know, and then you multiply. Please don't use your dicks. They're too small, and I can't count that high. I don't wanna hear, "400,000 inches."
* InsistentTerminology[=/=]Military Lingo:
--> '''Swofford (Narrating):'''"''A bed was a rack. A wall was a bulkhead. A shirt was a blouse. A tie was still a tie, and a belt a belt. But many other things would never be the same.''"
* {{Jerkass}}: Dettman's wife arguably qualifies, by letting him know his marriage is over by sending him a homemade movie where she's having sex with their neighbor.
* MilitaryMoonshiner: One, Corporal Harrigan, supplies the illegal booze for the party in Iraq.
* MrFanservice: Gyllenhall, who even appears during a Christmas party wearing only two Santa hats. Guess where they're placed.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Discussed at length in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15876_5-ways-hollywood-tricks-you-into-seeing-bad-movies.html this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article, which cites ''Jarhead'' as a major offender. The trailer tries to make a slow-paced character drama about the boredom and alienation of military life look like a slam-bang war thriller by stringing together footage of the few scenes where there's actually any fighting shown. They even include the scene where Fergus lights the flares on fire, which (taken out of context) makes it look like the marines are under attack. This ''may'' be intentional...
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Fowler commits this. It's defiling a corpse, but that's still a major no-no by the books. There's an allusion to the same soldier having shot a camel just because he could.
* PinkMist: Invoked by name, in an almost erotic way...
* SanitySlippage: When Swofford [[TranquilFury calmly]] defines his choice of firing position that could result in a friendly fire situation (from several inches away, no less), you know things are not going well. To say nothing of pointing his loaded rifle at his squadmate Fergus and threatening to kill him as both revenge for an earlier accident that got him demoted and ''to relieve his boredom''.
-->'''Swofford (Narrating):''' "''For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists.''"
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: Well, it was Christmas...
* SergeantRock: Staff Sergeant Sykes knows his job and knows it well. And he loves it. Oorah.
* ShellShockedVeteran: While riding a bus during a welcome-home parade, the Marines find themselves face-to-face with a ragged VietnamWar veteran who jumps onto the bus to congratulate them for winning the war, and making it "clean". The Veteran visibly [[HeroicBSOD breaks down]] and sits down, asking if he can ride with them for a while. The squad is visibly uncomfortable when faced with what they could possibly become.
* SophisticatedAsHell: A lot of the Marines have HiddenDepths; Troy quotes Hemingway, Swofford is obviously well-read and the platoon's MilitaryMoonshiner, Harrigan, studied Classics at Dartmouth.
** Justified in Swofford's case, since the movie is based on the real Anthony Swofford's memoir. After serving in the Marines, Swofford went on to get an English degree and become a successful writer.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Kruger, played brilliantly by Lucas Black. Subverts it somewhat by being the group skeptic and rather tuned-in to the harsh realities of his situation.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Staff Sergeant Sykes often has his name misspelled by other media, the most common of which being 'Sieks'.
* TemptingFate: "Them paintball bullets, they hurt?"
* {{Understatement}}: "It was shortly after meeting [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Instructor Fitch]] that I realized that joining the Marine Corps might have been a bad decision."
* VanillaEdition: The blu-ray version of the film, while featuring a high-definition transfer, has none of the DVD release's special menus, extended/deleted scenes or behind-the-scenes featurettes.
* WarIsHell: It is... just not for the usual reasons. In the Gulf War, soldiers often spent more time battling alienation and loneliness than the enemy. Due to the brevity of the war, they often had to deal with pent-up energy when they never actually saw a battle.
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13th Nov '13 12:11:37 AM EKonoMai
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*** Note that they turn the movie off just as the helicopter attack culminates, before the enemy begins to return fire. . .
* DrillSergeantNasty: Drill Instructor Fitch reacts to a smart-ass response by smashing Swofford's head into a chalkboard.

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*** Note that they turn the movie off just as the helicopter attack culminates, before the enemy begins to return fire. . .
* DrillSergeantNasty: Drill Instructor Fitch reacts to a smart-ass response by smashing Swofford's head into a chalkboard. In the novel, Fitch was cruel even by Marine standards[[note]]Back then, Drill Instructors were allowed to touch their recruits. By "touch", we mean "beat the shit out of".[[/note]] - he was eventually busted by a passing Officer seeing him go too far. Swofford regrets participating in helping Fitch get busted, as he felt, however ''vicious'' and sadistic he was, it was unfair.



* GenreDeconstruction: Can be considered a Deconstruction of war movies, showing how the traditional war movie scenario would play out in the modern age. In the age of computerized warfare, eager young men join the military wanting to serve their country and prove themselves, but often never actually make it to the frontlines and, in the end, are left with crippling feelings of inadequacy when they end up spending more time battling alienation and loneliness than battling the enemy.

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* GenreDeconstruction: Can be considered a Deconstruction of war movies, showing how the traditional war movie scenario would play out in the modern age. In the age of computerized warfare, eager young men join the military wanting to serve their country and prove themselves, but often never actually make it to the frontlines and, in the end, are left with crippling feelings of inadequacy when they end up spending more time battling alienation and loneliness than battling the enemy. By the end of the movie, Swofford has shot his weapon [[spoiler:in the air when it turns out the invasion's complete.]]



* NeverTrustATrailer: Discussed at length in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15876_5-ways-hollywood-tricks-you-into-seeing-bad-movies.html this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article, which cites ''Jarhead'' as a major offender. The trailer tries to make a slow-paced character drama about the boredom and alienation of military life look like a slam-bang war thriller by stringing together footage of the few scenes where there's actually any fighting shown. They even include the scene where Fergus lights the flares on fire, which (taken out of context) makes it look like the marines are under attack.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: Discussed at length in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15876_5-ways-hollywood-tricks-you-into-seeing-bad-movies.html this]] Website/{{Cracked}} article, which cites ''Jarhead'' as a major offender. The trailer tries to make a slow-paced character drama about the boredom and alienation of military life look like a slam-bang war thriller by stringing together footage of the few scenes where there's actually any fighting shown. They even include the scene where Fergus lights the flares on fire, which (taken out of context) makes it look like the marines are under attack. This ''may'' be intentional...
9th Nov '13 6:56:44 PM surgoshan
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* HerBoyfriendsJacket: The girlfriend of one of the marines keeps sending him sexy photos of her wearing his uniform jackets (and nothing else). One of the other marines eventually asks if she has any clothing of her own.
30th Sep '13 2:41:05 PM madius
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* MrFanservice: Gyllenhall, who even appears during a Christmas party wearing only two Santa hats. Guess where they're placed.
18th Aug '13 9:57:45 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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Set before, during, and after TheGulfWar, Swofford's account of his time in the military stands in contrast to more traditional works: being largely an air campaign, Swofford's unit (like many other ground troops) saw little engagement with enemy forces; averting boredom and mental fatigue are more of the day-to-day activities than actual firefights.

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Set before, during, and after TheGulfWar, [[UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar the Gulf War]], Swofford's account of his time in the military stands in contrast to more traditional works: being largely an air campaign, Swofford's unit (like many other ground troops) saw little engagement with enemy forces; averting boredom and mental fatigue are more of the day-to-day activities than actual firefights.



* WarIsHell: It is...just not for the usual reasons. In the Gulf War, soldiers often spent more time battling alienation and loneliness than the enemy. Due to the brevity of the war, they often had to deal with pent-up energy when they never actually saw a battle.

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* VanillaEdition: The blu-ray version of the film, while featuring a high-definition transfer, has none of the DVD release's special menus, extended/deleted scenes or behind-the-scenes featurettes.
* WarIsHell: It is... just not for the usual reasons. In the Gulf War, soldiers often spent more time battling alienation and loneliness than the enemy. Due to the brevity of the war, they often had to deal with pent-up energy when they never actually saw a battle.
15th Jun '13 5:31:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* HumansAreBastards: Dettman's wife arguably qualifies, by letting him know his marriage is over by sending him a homemade movie where she's having sex with their neighbor.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Dettman's wife arguably qualifies, by letting him know his marriage is over by sending him a homemade movie where she's having sex with their neighbor.
6th May '13 7:24:02 PM Blacksun388
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-->'''Swofford (Narrating):''' " ''For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists.'' "

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-->'''Swofford (Narrating):''' " ''For "''For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists.'' "''"
6th May '13 7:23:23 PM Blacksun388
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--> "''A bed was a rack. A wall was a bulkhead. A shirt was a blouse. A tie was still a tie, and a belt a belt. But many other things would never be the same.''"

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--> "''A '''Swofford (Narrating):'''"''A bed was a rack. A wall was a bulkhead. A shirt was a blouse. A tie was still a tie, and a belt a belt. But many other things would never be the same.''"



-->'''Swofford (Narrating):''' For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists.

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-->'''Swofford (Narrating):''' For " ''For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists.'' "
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