Jarrett grew up in Texas and enlisted in the Army as a Korean linguist and intelligence analyst at the age of 22. After completion of basic training, Jarrett attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, where he graduated from the Korean course with an Associate of Arts degree in Korean. Jarrett completed his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts through Excelsior College while attending the Signals Intelligence Analyst course. During his service at the National Security Agency, Hawaii, Jarrett completed a MS in Criminal Justice. After transitioning out of the Army in 2016, he pursued additional graduate education at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, earning his MSW in 2018. Jarrett has spent years working in community mental health, focusing on the intersection of mental illness, substance use, and criminal justice involvement. He currently does reentry/forensic social work in a local jail.