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Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (Swoff and Fergus are disassembling and reassembling their rifles in their tent. Cortez is sitting a few bunks down, messing with his radio) What would you say if I told you I was gonna kill you for f**king me over like that?
Fergus: I already told you, it was an accident.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: An accident. Right. Like when the trigger slips. Of course, your nice little mom and dad are where?
Fergus: Cottonwood Falls.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Cottonwood Falls. They'll be sad. THey won't have their little boy to send f**king cookies to. I'll say it was an accidental discharge. I might spend some time in the brig... but it'll end this f**king waiting. And I don't knwo what it's like to kill a man.
(loads rifle and points it at Fergus)
Fergus: What are you doing?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I'm in the firing position known as the sitting position. After the prone position, it is the platform most likely to enable a Marine to effectivley kill his target. His target being a human, generally an enemy but sometimes a friend or friendly. We call this frinedly fire, or friendly f**king or getting friendly f**ked.
Fergus: Come on Swoff, it was your watch! It was Christmans Eve, and I was just thinking about home. That's it.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: What do you think Cortez? You think I'll accidentally kill your homeboy from boot camp?
Cortez: Sure you'll kill him. Accidents happen.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: You don't see sh*t right?
Cortez: I don't see sh*t. This ain't even my tent. Matter of fact, I ain't even here, Swoff.
(exits tent) (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: What's up, buddy? Merry Christmas.
Corporal Harrigan: Yeah.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I hear you got some good sh*t.
Corporal Harrigan: Fly, rumor, on winged feet. Here... read this.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: What is it?
Corporal Harrigan: It's a love letter for the Major. I write all of his letters.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: "Dear sweet Gloria, I wish I was up in you now with a finger in your ass. Love you, Captain Skinboat."
Corporal Harrigan: I studied classics at Dartmouth.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: It's a good school.
Corporal Harrigan: Forty bucks, five gallons. (imdb.com)

Troy: f**k politics. We're here. All the rest is bullsh*t.
All Marines: Yeah. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) See that kid? The one dreaming to serve his country. That Jarhead is me. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: We call this friendly fire, friendly f**king, or getting friendly f**ked. (imdb.com)

(in an NBC suit)
Troy: (in a Darth Vader voice) Luke, come over to the Dark Side. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (shouting at news van leaving) Come back soon, now you hear! (imdb.com)

Sgt. Siek: Swofford? Swofford?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Yeah?
Sgt. Siek: What the f**k? You sick?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: No, sir. I just got this stomach-thing...
Sgt. Siek: Staff Sergenat Siek. I'm with Surveillance and Target Acquisition. STA. I heard it took six guys to pull that little branding trick on you. And your file says that you ain't dumb either. So you better get unsick most motha f**king rikey-tick, cause' there's a chance that you could be a scout sniper!
Sgt. Siek: (picks up Swofford's book) What the f**k is this?
Sgt. Siek: "The stranger from Camus". That's some heavy dope right there, marine! (imdb.com)

(Staff sgt. Sykes sends out his "best snipers", Swofford and Troy)
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Thank you, staff sergeant.
Staff Sgt. Sykes: What?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Thank you.
Staff Sgt. Sykes: Don't thank me, just don't f**kin' die. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (seeing the flames of the burning oil fields) The Earth is bleeding. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Field f**k!
Reporter: What did he just say?
Sgt. Siek: He said field fun. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I wanted the pink mist. (imdb.com)

Sgt. Siek: I don't give out too many special treats. But this morning we have a very special treat. Private Swofford here is going to play reveille for us. Okay, Swofford, play reveille.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I don't have a bugle, Staff Sergeant.
Sgt. Siek: You don't have a what?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: I don't have a bugle.
Sgt. Siek: Oh no. No, no. Damn, damn. You better play it with your mouth.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: What?
Sgt. Siek: I said play it with your God damn mouth. (imdb.com)

Fergus: (after seeing pictures of Swofford's girlfriend in his USMC shirt) She have her own clothes? (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (the Doors' "Break on Through" being played on a flying by helicopter) That's Vietnam music... can't we get our own music? (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: You poor bastard. I bet your recruiter promised you a whole wide world of p*ssy, huh?
Kruger: f**kin' eh. c*cks*cker knew the price of every wh*re from Olangapo to Stockholm.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: And here we are, headed to the desert - no p*ssy and a thousand miles.
Kruger: f**ked by the green weenie again!
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Well, what would you be doing if you were a civilian? Staying up late, jacking off, playing Metroid - trying to get to that ninth level?
Troy: You know what happens when you get there?
(laughs)
Troy: Nothing. You just start all over again. (imdb.com)

(watching Apocalypse Now)
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Shoot that motherf**ker! (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) Every war is different, every war is the same. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: The M16A2 service rifle is a lightweight air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed shoulder weapon. It fires a 5.56 mm ball projectile at a muzzle velocity of 2,800 feet per second. This is my rifle. Repeat after me. (imdb.com)

Sgt. Siek: (to the Marines) The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill." But hear this: f**k THAT sh*t! (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) Suggested techniques for the Marine to use in the avoidance of boredom and loneliness: Masturbation. Rereading of letters from unfaithful wives and girlfriends. Cleaning your rifle. Further masturbation. Rewiring Walkman. Arguing about religion and meaning of life. Discussing in detail, every woman the Marine has ever f**ked. Debating differences, such as Cuban vs. Mexican, Harleys vs. Hondas, left- vs. right-handed masturbation. Further cleaning of rifle. Studying of Filipino mail order bride catalog. Further masturbation. Planning of Marine's first meal on return home. Imagining what the Marine's girlfriend and her man Jody are doing in the hay, or in the alley, or in a hotel bed. (imdb.com)

Kruger: Okay, yeah, sure, fine. I'll take the f**king pills and a year later my a**h*le will turn inside out and start talking to me!
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Okay, stop stop.
Kruger: This pills aren't worth a sh*t.
Sgt. Siek: Kruger, you country motherf**ker (imdb.com)

(repeated line)
Troy: Welcome to The s*ck. (imdb.com)

Sgt. Siek: (to the Marines) Move it. Didn't I tell you not to get lazy? Let's go. Get it on. (imdb.com)

Troy: What's up with the make-up? I thought Texans were tough.
Kruger: I burn easily so f**king sue me. (imdb.com)

Dettman's Wife: Who's f**kin' around now, Bryan? (imdb.com)

Troy: (to Anthony Swofford) We're going to f**kin' war. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: My combat action has commenced. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) For most problems the Marine is issued a solution. If ill, go to sickbay. If wounded, call a Corpsman. If dead, report to graves registration. If losing his mind, however, no standard solution exists. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) The Marine must learn to kill. He may wear a tattoo, or display his medals, or tell lies in bars. But he is not a true marine until he has seen combat. (imdb.com)

D.I. Fitch: What the f**k are you even doing here?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, I got lost on the way to college, sir. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) A flashlight was a moonbeam. A pen was an ink stick. My mouth was a cum receptacle. A bed was a rack. A wall was a bulkhead. A shirt was a blouse. A tie was still a tie, and a belt a belt. But many other things would never be the same. (imdb.com)

Kruger: (referring to photo of Swoff's girlfriend) I'm storing that for later! (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, the Drill Instructor looks fabulous in his uniform, sir! (imdb.com)

Troy: I love it out here, this is what I want - 'cause I count for something. Back home, I'd be working some nowhere job, nobody'd even know I was alive. 'We burn the fat off our souls,'... Hemingway said that. (imdb.com)

Reporter: Are you scared?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Look, I'm twenty years old and I was dumb enough to sign a contract. I can hear their f**king bombs already. I can hear their bombs and I'm f**king scared, yeah. (imdb.com)

Fergus: (to the reporter) Yes, ma'am. I'm very happy to be here. I love my country. I miss my parents. Hey, Mom. Hey, Dad. They're treating me alright here.
Ramon Escobar: (to the reporter) It was an opportunity for me to defend America, the country which has given freedom to me and to my family. And it is an honor to, to fight for that freedom. (imdb.com)

Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: (voice over narration) I was hooked. (imdb.com)

Cortez: This is what life is about, boys!
Fowler: She's a big b*tch, Cortez!
Cortez: She's not big, she's beautiful, and she's beautiful because she's pregnant! That's what life is about. (imdb.com)

(first lines)
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper; his hands remember the rifle. (imdb.com)

Kruger: This is censorship.
Sgt. Siek: This is what?
Kruger: Censorship. You're telling us what we can and can't say to the press. That's un-American.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Yeah, what about freedom of speech? The Constitution?
Sgt. Siek: No you signed a contract. You don't have any rights. You got any complaints you complain to Saddam Insane and see if he gives a f**k.
Kruger: Why that's exactly what Saddam Hussein does. You're treating us the same way.
Sgt. Siek: You are a marine. There is no such thing as speech that is free. You must pay for everything that you say. (imdb.com)

(last lines)
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story. A man fires a rifle for many years. and he goes to war. And afterwards he comes home, and he sees that whatever else he may do with his life - build a house, love a woman, change his son's diaper - he will always remain a jarhead. And all the jarheads killing and dying, they will always be me. We are still in the desert. (imdb.com)

D.I. Fitch: (to a whole squad of Marines) You are no longer black, or brown, or yellow, or red! You are now green! You are light green! Or dark green! Do you understand?
All Marines: Sir, yes, sir!
D.I. Fitch: Swofford!
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, yes, sir!
D.I. Fitch: You the maggot whose father served in Vietnam?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, yes, sir!
D.I. Fitch: Outstanding! Did he have the balls to die there?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, no, sir!
D.I. Fitch: Too f**king bad! He ever talk about it?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Sir, only once, sir!
D.I. Fitch: Good! Then he wasn't lying!
(imdb.com)

Troy: I love it out here, this is what I want - 'cause I count for something. Back home, I'd be working some nowhere job, nobody'd even know I was alive. 'We burn the fat off our souls,'... Hemingway said that.
(imdb.com)

Fowler: (referring to his weapon) You guys should see what the 40 does to the head of a f**king camel!
Troy: What does the 40 do to the head of a camel, Fowler?
Fowler: It turns the head inside out in about three f**king knots.
(imdb.com)

(Staff sgt. Sykes sends out his "best snipers", Swofford and Troy)
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Thank you, staff sergeant.
Staff Sgt. Sykes: What?
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Thank you.
Staff Sgt. Sykes: Don't thank me, just don't f**kin' die.
(imdb.com)

Sgt. Siek: (looking at Oil Fires) I could be working with my brother right now. He's got a dry-wall business in Compton. Does the inside of office buildings; you know, the metal studs. I could be his partner, said he'd give me that brand new Dodge Ram Charger. You know, the 318 Magnum? The beast? All indoor work, too, lots of AC. I could sleep with my wife every night, f**k her, maybe; take my kids to school every morning. And I'd run his crews, too, probably increase productivity 40 to 50%. Make $100K a year. Do you know why I don't? Because I love this job. I thank God for every f**king day he gives me in the corps, oorah.
(imdb.com)

All Marines: This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting and this is for fun.
(imdb.com)

Cortez: This is what life is about, boys!
Fowler: She's a big b*tch, Cortez!
Cortez: She's not big, she's beautiful, and she's beautiful because she's pregnant! That's what life is about.
(imdb.com)

Kruger: This is censorship.
Sgt. Siek: This is what?
Kruger: Censorship. You're telling us what we can and can't say to the press. That's un-American.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: Yeah, what about freedom of speech? The Constitution?
Sgt. Siek: No you signed a contract. You don't have any rights. You got any complaints you complain to Saddam Insane and see if he gives a f**k.
Kruger: Why that's exactly what Saddam Hussein does. You're treating us the same way.
Sgt. Siek: You are a marine. There is no such thing as speech that is free. You must pay for everything that you say.
(imdb.com)


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