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2019 Commandant's Professional Reading List

Official site of the Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading List per ALMAR 005/19.


2019 Marine Corps 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

 

ALMAR 005/19

The 2019 Commandant's Professional Reading List (CPRL) 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.

In addition to the reading list, Marines are highly encouraged to incorporate periodicals into their reading regimens.  Scholarly and professionally oriented articles published by independent magazines and journals foster innovation, PME development, critical study of the profession of arms, and serious discussion regarding topics of interest to the Marine Corps.  Professional publications inform debate on current, topical issues of relevance to the Marine Corps and promote intellectual growth of the individual Marine. 

Useful publications for professional development include, but are not limited to, the Marine Corps Gazette, the Marine Corps Aviation Association Yellow Sheet Journal, Leatherneck, Naval Proceedings, War on the Rocks (web-based), and Small Wars Journal (web-based).

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