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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.

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Commandant's Professional Reading List

The Marine Corps 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

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    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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