Jarhead (book)

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Jarhead (Book)
Official cover
Author Anthony Swofford
Country United States
Language English
Subject Military
Publisher Scribner
Publication date
March 4, 2003
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 272
ISBN 0-7432-3535-5
OCLC 50598121
956.7044/245 21
LC Class DS79.74 .S96 2003

Jarhead is a Gulf War memoir by author Anthony Swofford. After leaving military service, the author went on to college and earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Iowa.


Jarhead recounts Swofford's enlistment and service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the First Gulf War, in which he served as a Scout Sniper with the Surveillance and Target Acquisition (STA) Platoon of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.

Like most of the troops stationed in the Middle East during the Gulf War, Swofford saw very little actual combat. Swofford's narrative focuses on the physical and mental struggles of the young troops.[citation needed]

Film adaptation[edit]

The novel was adapted into a 2005 feature film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Sarsgaard. The screenplay was written by William Broyles Jr. and directed by Sam Mendes. Reviews were generally positive.