Navy Professional Reading Program

The Navy’s Professional Reading Program’s reading list is aligned with the Chief of Naval Operations’ tenets and Lines of Effort (LOE): Strengthening Naval Power at and from the Sea; Achieving High Velocity Outcomes at Every Level; Strengthening Our Navy Team for the Future; and Expanding and Strengthening our Network of Partners. These LOEs have themes common to all sailors — Integrity, Accountability, Initiative, and Toughness. The books are organized by the Lines of Effort.  

The following Naval Institute Press books appear in the Navy Professional Reading Program:

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Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading Program

The Commandant's Professional Reading List (CPRL) represents books most pertinent for professional development and critical thinking at each level. The CPRL is arranged into two sections: “Commandant's Choice” and “Grade Levels.”  Each Marine shall read a minimum of five books from the “Commandant's 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.

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

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Coast Guard Reading List

This reading list is designed to offer Coast Guard personnel recommended books related to leadership. The reading list provides a tool for individual leadership growth, taking into account that responsibility for leadership development rests on each individual, his or her unit, and the organization.

The following Naval Institute Press books appear in the Coast Guard Commandant's Reading List:

  • None listed for 2018

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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 Professional Reading Program

The Air Force Chief of Staff's (CSAF) Reading list is compiled to inform, analyze, inspire and educate. Titles are selected to inform readers about the history of the Air Force, analyze on-going conflicts and their relevancy to the future, inspire readers with success stories and provide lessons learned from conflicts.

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

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Army Professional Reading Program

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 Army Professional Reading Program:

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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. 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 listed for 2018
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