On June 7, more than 10 years after the theatrical debut of “Jarhead,” the critically acclaimed biographical war drama about a young Marine sniper (Jake Gyllenhaal) deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm, “Jarhead 3” was released on Blu-Ray DVD, prompting a number of fans to scratch their heads and say, “Hey, wait, there’s a Jarhead 2?”
The answer, it turns out, is yes. The sequel came out in 2014 and doesn't star any of the chief actors who appeared in the original. And while “Jarhead,” which Time magazine ranked as one of the best war movies ever made, offered audiences a nuanced depiction of the boredom and sense of uncertainty that accompany life on the modern battlefield, “Jarhead 2: Fields of Fire” was an action-packed bloodbath set in the Taliban-infested desert of southern Afghanistan.
“Jarhead 3: The Siege” appears to be no different. In fact, the only thing it seems to have in common with the first Jarhead is the fact that it’s about Marines deployed to the Middle East — not Iraq or Syria or Libya, just, literally, the Middle East, which is now, according to the film’s trailer, a borderless wasteland where the biggest mistake a Marine can make is “not being prepared.” Sign me up!
But if you’re watching b-list war films for anything other than the corny punchlines and the over-the-top fight scenes, you’re missing the point. For aficionados of bad cinema, the DVD release of Jarhead 3 isn’t just good news. It’s great news, because what comes after three? Four. And what comes after four? Five. And what comes after five? Infinity and beyond!
Several members of the Marine Corps' famous Silent Drill Platoon were kicked out of the service or punished by their command after someone reported witnessing them using a training rifle to strike someone.
Three Marines have been discharged in the last 60 days and two others lost a rank after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service began looking into hazing allegations inside the revered unit that performs at public events around the world.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)
Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.
So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.
"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."
The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.
When an Air Force major called J.J. completed a solo flight in the U-2 in late August 2016 — 60 years after the high-flying aircraft was introduced — he became the 1,000th pilot to do so.
J.J., whose name was withheld by the U.S. Air Force for security reasons, earned his solo patch a few days after pilots No. 998 and No. 999. Those three pilots are in distinguished company, two fellow pilots said this month.
"We have a pretty small, elite team of folks. We're between about 60 and 70 active-duty pilots at any given time," Maj. Matt "Top" Nauman said during an Air Force event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.
"We're about 1,050 [pilots] right now. So to put that in context, there are more people with Super Bowl rings than there are people with U-2 patches," Nauman added. "It's a pretty small group of people that we've hired over the last 60 to 65 years."