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Official site of the Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading List per ALMAR 001/13. This site outlines the required books and annual reading requirements for all active duty and reserve, officer and enlisted Marines.
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The titles from the Commandant's Professional Reading List are available to unit leaders as part of the Marine Corps Association (MCA) Unit Commanders' Library Program.  Request / ordering instructions are on the MCA website. More info in the PDF below.

Commandant's Professional Reading List

The Commandant's Professional Reading List (also known as the Marine Corps Reading List) is a list of required annual reading for all officer and enlisted Marines, whether active duty or reserve.

The Commandant's guidance and additional information can be found in ALMAR 001/13 dated 2 JAN 2013.

Read Gen. Amos' message to Marines in CMC White Letter No. 4-12: Reading in the Marine Corps... "Thirty year old body and 5000 year old mind".

CMC James F. Amos
35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
General James F. Amos

    How to Use this Guide


    Purpose of this Guide

    This Guide provides the information Marines need to find Marine Corps Reading List titles in person and/or online at: 


    How to Use this Guide - Quick Start

    Each section contains lists of required and recommended books as well as the appropriate CMC Guidance for:

    Each book listing contains the information needed to find/access books from the resources listed above in Purpose of this Guide.

    The Discussion Guide section provides a downloadable guide to use as a starting point for discussing the books on the Commandant's Professional Reading List. 

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