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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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DOWN RANGE TO IRAQ AND BACK - Bridget C. Cantrell; Chuck Dean  Icon
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Down range is a timely book dedicated to bringing the troops home and addressing the challenges of the re-integration process from combatant to civilian. Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean have joined forces to present this vital information and resource manual for both returning troops and their loved ones. Here you will find answers, explanations, and insights as to why so many combat veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression, fits of rage, nightmares, anxiety, emotional numbing, and other troubling aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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ODYSSEUS IN AMERICA: COMBAT TRAUMA AND THE TRIALS OF HOMECOMING - Jonathan Shay  Icon  Icon
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In this ambitious follow-up to Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey, the classic Greek story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life. The author combines important psychological work and literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions. Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics.

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ONCE A WARRIOR, ALWAYS A WARRIOR: NAVIGATING THE TRANSITION FROM COMBAT TO HOME - INCLUDING COMBAT STRESS, PTSD, AND MTBI - Charles W. Hoge  Icon  Icon
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War changes people in ways only other warriors may fully understand. The author, a retired Army physician, addresses the psychological problems returning combat veterans face and the social stigma attached to seeking mental health care. This book is geared toward veterans and their families, helping family members to gain greater understanding of ways they can help their loved ones navigate the "PTSD paradox" while also helping veterans cope with combat stress and PTSD using a specific toolbox of skills.

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REDEPLOYMENT - Phil Klay  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In the title story, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After-Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Mortuary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains-of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction.

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SHADOW OF THE SWORD - Jeremiah Workman  Icon  Icon
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Memoir by Marine Corps veteran SSgt Jeremiah Workman tells a story of his service in Iraq and of the emotional wars that continue to rage long after our fighting men come home. Workman candidly reveals the ordeal of post-traumatic stress disorder: the therapy and drug treatments that deadened his mind even as they eased his pain, the overwhelming stress that pushed his marriage to the brink, and the confrontations with anger and self-blame that he had internalized for years.
This book is the CMC Reading List Book of the Month for June 2015.

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UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION - Laura Hillenbrand  Icon  Icon  Icon
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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

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WAR AND THE SOUL - Edward Tick  Icon  Icon
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The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 16 percent (one in eight) of returning Iraq veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to the extent that they can’t hold jobs, are incapable of intimacy, creative work, and self-realization. In war’s overwhelming violence, the soul—the true self—flees and can become lost for life. The author believes the key to healing lies in how we understand PTSD and shows how to make the wounded soul whole again. When this work is achieved, PTSD vanishes and the veteran can truly return home.

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WARRIOR MINDSET: MENTAL TOUGHNESS SKILLS FOR A NATION'S DEFENDERS - Michael J. Asken; et al.
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This book is about developing mental toughness for combat. Written in a technical/scientific manner and applying principles of military psychology, the authors guide the reader through self-evaluation of fitness for duty, mental toughness, dealing with fear – developing a mental attack plan, strategic vision, how to conduct personal psy-ops and briefings.

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