CNO's Professional Reading Program

"The CNO-Professional Reading Program consists of 12 books, and is a mix of writing genres including fiction, non-fiction, military, strategy, management, and technology, among others. The goal of the program is to contribute to a culture dedicated to warfighting and learning, while simultaneously supporting the personal and professional development of Sailors beyond that of their primary designator or rating.

A learning mindset is essential to accelerating our warfighting advantage.  A Navy that learns, adapts, and improves the fastest will be the most successful. Knowledge sharing is essential to creating a learning culture.  We are driving a fleet-wide campaign of self-improvement and we must foster an organization that supports and empowers Sailors to have an independent quest for knowledge through reading and information sharing. What you know and how fast you learn is relevant in this era of strategic competition."

M. M. Gilday
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Chief of Naval Operations

The following Naval Institute Press books appear in the CNO's Professional Reading Program:

 

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Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading Program

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.

The following Naval Institute Press books appear in the Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading List:

 

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Coast Guard Leadership Development List

Welcome to the 2022 Coast Guard Reading List, the annual collection of recommendations from your shipmates to support your continuous professional and leadership development. The year's list focuses on the theme “connecting individual purpose to the Coast Guard’s purpose.” This theme means different things to different people, which you’ll see reflected in the eclectic selections featured. Submissions were solicited from the Leadership Diversity Action Councils (LDACs) across the Coast Guard. The list goes beyond the traditional reading list and includes a variety of suggestions for you to read, listen to and watch.

The following Naval Institute Press books appear in the Coast Guard Leadership Development List:

  • None listed at this time.

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Blue and Gold Professional Library

This series consists of specialized books that have been published by the Naval Institute Press for over 100 years. They have been prepared and updated by naval professionals and meet the exacting standards that sailors have long expected from the U.S. Naval Institute.  Books such as Division Officer’s GuideCommand at SeaNaval Shiphandling, to name a few have long been recognized “in the fleet” as important “how to” guides for virtually all ranks and all three sea services. 

Scarlet and Gold Professional Library

Marines of all ranks have depended on books in this series for their professional development. Like their Blue & Gold counterpart, Scarlet & Gold series books such as The Marine Officer’s Guide and the Handbook for Marine NCO’s have been prepared by professionals for today’s Marines.

Air Force Chief of Staff's Leadership Library

Welcome to the CSAF Leadership Library. This is a new way of looking at the traditional reading list – a fluid set of media that I have personally explored – that changes and evolves as novel ideas are published, recorded, and debated.

The Leadership Library will have periodic additions as I come across media and ideas I’d like to share to generate dialogue. My aim is that this Leadership Library sparks conversations for you with fellow Airmen, with your family, and with your friends.

Sincerely,

CHARLES Q. BROWN, JR.
General, U.S. Air Force
Chief of Staff

The following Naval Institute Press books appear in the Air Force Chief of Staff's Reading List:

  • None listed at this time.
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U.S. Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List

The Army List is compiled for leaders. The Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) views it as a pillar for his leadership development efforts. Titles are included that will provoke critical thinking about Professional soldiering and the unique role of land power; analysis and reflection on the past and the future; and a deep understanding of the Army and the future of the profession of arms in the 21st Century.

The following Naval Institute books appear in the U.S. Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List:

  • None listed for 2022.
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Professional Reading List

This reading list has been constructed to support the renewal of our commitment to our Profession of Arms and the development of Joint Force 2020. The books selected capture the values and ethos of our military profession, promote innovative thinking to prepare for the operational realities of an uncertain future, and provide insights into the foundations of our service cultures.

The following Naval Institute books appear in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Professional Reading Program:

  • None at this time.
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