YMMV / Jarhead

  • Harsher in Hindsight: The movie is, essentially, about the tedium and lack of danger in modern warfare as the United States is capable of dominating all of its foes without issue. This was before 2001, the Second Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Swofford’s account has been heavily questioned by numerous Marines and Gulf War veterans. Here is one example. For instance, the story about his Japanese girlfriend sneaking into the barracks and spending the night with him on Okinawa is decidedly unlikely considering that barracks was composed entirely of open squad bays with zero privacy, and many feel that his admission of stealing from other Marines indicates a lack of credibility.
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