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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.
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017 URL: http://guides.grc.usmcu.edu/usmcreadinglist Print Guide Email Alerts

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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.

About This Guide

2017 Commandant's Professional Reading List

"I want Marines to read beyond the list, too, especially paying attention to current events, science and technology, and what our potential adversaries are up to around the world." 

-Gen Robert B. Neller

ALMAR 015/17

The Commandants Professional Reading List (CPRL) as promulgated by this message represents an updated version of those books most pertinent for professional development and critical thinking at each level. 

The CPRL is arranged into two sections: "Commandants Choice" and "Grade Levels."  Each Marine shall read a minimum of five books from the “Commandants Choice” or “Grade Level” sections each year.

The Grade Level titles are separated into five levels for both enlisted Marines and officers.  These levels coincide with specific ranks and Marines should attempt to read all titles within their level prior to proceeding to a higher level.

Per the references, completion of the CPRL reading requirement shall be noted in the individual Marines fitness report or taken into account when assigning Proficiency/Conduct marks.  How a Marine demonstrates completion of the annual requirement is at the discretion of the commander.

The CPRL and related information can be found at:  http:(slash slash)guides.grc.usmcu.edu/usmcreadinglist. The website contains several enhancements to include pictures of book covers, short summaries, links to electronic versions of the books, additional materials to enhance unit Professional Military Education (PME) and links to other reading lists (e.g., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other Services and Marine Corps University schools).




Marines! We've made every effort to connect you with access to the titles on the Reading List. BLUF:

  • Note the icons associated with each title. They will tell you what formats are available, and where.
  • Click on the Navy Digital Library - at One Click Digital and OverDrive link to go to the Navy online library.
  • Click on the MCCS Base Library link to locate an item at your nearest base library (but not Quantico).
  • Quantico Marines Only: Click on the book title to connect to our online catalog. If the title contains no link, there are no copies available (they are on order)

Although not obligated to provide any of these titles, the Navy Digital Library website carries many Reading List titles in ebook and digital audiobook versions - look for the blue anchor icon. After logging into the site, click on ebooks and audiobooks, the the OneClickDigital graphic and/or the Overdrive graphic.

Some titles are available freely on the internet, either from Marines.mil, or other service websites such as the DOD/MWR Online Library accessible via MilitaryOneSource.


  • You will need an account to access Navy Digital Library (CAC) and DOD/MWR Digital Library (see website for instructions).
  • Any necessary accounts must be created by you at those websites. 
  • Content provided by the Marine Corps Research Library is indicated with a red lock and is authorized for Marine Corps University students, faculty and staff only.
  • You do not need an account to use this website. All digital ebooks and audiobooks listed are accessed via the Navy Digital Library (CAC) and/or DOD/MWR Digital Library.


  • Visit your nearest MCCS Base Library to obtain a library card and check out print and audiobooks, and get information on how to access online collections. 
  • Visit the Navy MWRDigital Library website. Sign in with your CAC or username/password login. Contact Navy MWRDigital Library for technical and customer support, including help with creating accounts and using databases.
  • Visit the DOD/MWR Online Library at MilitaryOneSource. See MilitaryOneSource to create an account and access the online library. Contact MilitaryOneSource for technical and customer support, including help with creating accounts and using databases.

    Marine Unit Library Program

    Commandant's Professional Reading List books are available to unit leaders as part of the Marine Corps Association (MCA) Unit Commanders' Library Program. Ordering instructions are on the MCA website. See the link below for more info.


    Quarterly PME Themes


    QPME 2017

    Marines in Pearl Harbor




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