What is a Jarhead?

Introduction Jarhead is a nickname for members of the United States Marine Corps. Refer to Devil Dog and Leatherneck. In Popular Culture Jarhead may also refer to: Book: Jarhead Anthony Swofford’s 2003 memoir of his experiences as a US Marine in the First Gulf War. Film: Jarhead: The 2005 film adaptation of Swofford’s book. Jarhead… Read More


What is a Leatherneck?

Introduction Leatherneck is a military slang term for a member of the United States Marine Corps, or of the Corps of Royal Marines. It is generally believed to originate in the wearing of a “leather stock” that went around the neck. Contrary to popular opinion, it was used not to protect the neck during swordfights… Read More

What is a Devil Dog?

Introduction Devil Dog is a nickname for a United States Marine. Refer to Jarhead and Leatherneck. Brief History Multiple publications of the United States Marine Corps claim that the nickname “Teufel Hunden”[a] – “Devil Dogs” in English – was bestowed upon the Marines by German soldiers at the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918… Read More