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Commandant's Professional Reading List - Official Site  

Official site of the Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading List per ALMAR 009-16. This site outlines the annual and recommended reading requirements for all Marines.
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Printables

For your convenience, we present the following printable of the Reading List.

The 31 OCT 2017 update reflects 1) the addition of Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden to the CMC Choice section, and 2) RB Digital, the new provider for USMC MCCS e-books and audiobooks.

 

Entry Level Enlisted (Recruits - Poolees)

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BATTLE CRY - Leon Uris  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Battle Cry follows the fortunes of a Marine outfit from boot camp to Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and elsewhere in the Pacific during World War II. Many of the events are based on the author’s WWII experience with the 6th Marine Regiment. The interactions of the characters and their ability to develop “esprit de corps” is a central theme.

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CORPS VALUES - Zell Miller  Icon  Icon
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The author recounts the simple but powerful lessons he learned as a United States Marine: the core values we must embrace if we are to be successful as individuals and as a nation. Only by incorporating such time-honored Marine qualities as pride, discipline, courage, brotherhood, and respect into our personal and professional lives can we meet the challenges that lie ahead.

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GATES OF FIRE: AN EPIC NOVEL OF THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE - Steven Pressfield  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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In the battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.), 7000 Greeks led by 300 Spartans held an enormous Persian army of 200,000 at bay for several days - an army that would have changed our civilization had the Greeks not died fighting it. Never before or since has such a badly outnumbered army fought so valiantly nor effectively.

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STARSHIP TROOPERS - Robert A. Heinlein  Icon  Icon  Icon
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In Robert A. Heinlein's controversial bestseller, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle against mankind's most alarming enemy. JOIN THE ARMY AND SEE THE UNIVERSE The historians can't seem to settle whether to call this one "The Third Space War" (or the fourth), or whether "The First Interstellar War" fits it better. The soldiers just call it "The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were "incidents," "patrols," or "police actions." In the Mobile Infantry, everybody fights. But you're just as dead if you buy the farm in an "incident" as you are if you buy it in a declared war... "A classic...If you want a great military adventure, this one is for you."--All SciFi

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THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE - Stephen Crane  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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This book is about a young soldier’s experience during the American Civil War and is well known for its realistic depiction of battle. Henry Fleming, a private in the Union Army, runs away from the field of war. Afterwards, the shame he feels at this act of cowardice ignites his desire to receive an injury in combat - a red badge of courage that will redeem him.

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