Jarhead. Anthony Swofford played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Sam Mendes' 2005 film Jarhead based on Swofford's biography set during the first Gulf War. Jarhead refers to the distinctive extreme haircut emblematic of the US Marine Corps.
Marines have been nicknamed based on their appearance, fighting spirit and events throughout history. These nicknames include leatherneck, devil dog and jarhead, a prominent feature depicting a short haircut. Their demeanor, pride and uniformity has given rise to the history and lore Marines are known for. (Photo By: Cpl. William Jackson)