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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.
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 URL: http://guides.grc.usmcu.edu/usmcreadinglist Print Guide Email Alerts

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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

The books on the 2016 Commandant's Professional Reading List were selected as most pertinent to critical thinking and professional development at each rank.


At minimum, three books per year are required to fulfill annual reading criteria for all active duty and reserve Marines, officer and enlisted. The Professional Categories section presents recommended reading for exploration of selected topics.

Commandant of the Marine Corps,
Gen. Robert B. Neller. Image: DVIDS

"Completion of the CPRL reading requirement shall be noted in the individual Marine’s fitness report or taken into account when assigning Proficiency/Conduct (Pro/Con) marks ... How a Marine demonstrates completion of the annual requirement is at the discretion of the Commander." (ALMAR 009/16, dated 30 MAR 2016)

We have made every effort to ensure easy access to the books on the reading list. The Navy General Library program website provides the majority of ebook and audiobook versions that are available, in PDF, EPUB, Overdrive ebook and audiobook, Kindle, and other formats. Take advantage of this great  resource - it's free for Marines! Visit the Navy MWRDigital Library to create an account and start reading.

Other books are available freely on the internet, or from Marines.mil and other service websites. Some books are only available in print, and for those we encourage you to visit your nearest MCCS Base Library and take advantage of the great resources and services they provide. For questions about setting up accounts with the resources on this website, see the Help & FAQs page.


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