Why do they call marines jarheads
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There are a few theories out there as to why marines are referred to as jarheads, but the most likely explanation is that it dates back to the early days of the marines when they used to wear leather helmets. The leather would often get stiff in the sun, causing it to resemble a jar. Over time, this nickname stuck and has been used to refer to marines ever since.
While it might not be the most flattering nickname, jarhead is a term of endearment amongst marines. So next time you hear someone calling a marine a jarhead, take it as a compliment!
Do you know the history of the Marine Corps? The Marine Corps was founded in 1775 and is the oldest branch of the U.S. military. Therefore, the Marines are referred to as “jarheads” because they were “Born in a Jar.” At the time, the Marine Corp was the only branch of the military that established an unofficial “recruiting office” at a barbershop on the corner of Cheapside and Water Street in Philadelphia.
Marines are called jarheads due to the military haircut they have. The Marine Corps recruiters in the early 1900s would give a jar of peanut butter to any potential Marine who would agree to get the haircut.