Reading Lists by Service

  • Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chiefs (SEAC) Reading List
    • The future of warfare requires advanced thinking to win. The purpose of this reading list is to enhance the scope of your thoughts on leadership and share some works that have helped me throughout my military career. Through self discovery and analysis of the content in each book, I want to help you develop new approaches to leadership.
  • U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List
    • “To develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members — officers, enlisted, and civilians — to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of air and space power.”
  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Professional Reading List
    • “The books included in this list offer entry points into the many publications available regarding military art and science. They are provided as selected works that can help Soldiers, [DOA] Civilians, and anyone interested in the Army to learn more about the Army profession and to sharpen their knowledge of the Army’s long and distinguished history, as well as the decisive role played by land power in conflicts across the centuries.”
    • “A sustained personal commitment to critical study of a wide range of readings constitutes an essential professional responsibility for members of the Army profession. The U.S. Army today confronts extraordinary complexity in the strategic environment with new and emerging missions competing with core warfighting requirements to challenge Army professionals. This reading list is intended to serve as a guide to the many topics worthy of professional consideration, contemplation, and serious discussion.”
  • U.S. Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List
    • The Commandant’s Professional Reading List 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.
  • U. S. Navy Chief of Operations 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.
  • U.S. INDOPACOM Commander’s Reading List
    • “This list is a selection of good books… that tries to reflect the breadth and depth of issues that cover what we all do at United States Pacific Command (USPACOM).”
  • U.S. Coast Guard Commandant’s Reading List
    • The 2020 Coast Guard Professional Development List is based on recommendations from the more junior members of the workforce and provides some great suggestions for continual learning and growth. This year’s list covers a wide array of topics that have direct links to today’s Coast Guard including mental and physical health, military leadership, financial wellness, Coast Guard history, and many more thought-providing subjects. Their recommendations also highlight the outstanding talent we have throughout our ranks and the tremendous value of everyone’s unique perspectives and interests.
  • USSOCOM Commander’s Reading List (Joint Special Operations University Library)

Other Reading Lists

  • Berlin, Robert H. Military Classics. Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1988.
  • U.S. Navy Surgeon General’s Professional Reading List
    “The reading list is comprised of books that have helped shape my perspective as I have developed as a doctor, naval officer, and leader over the course of three decades of service.” U.S. Navy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham
  • Pardee Rand Graduate School Dean’s Recommended Reading List
    Every year, Dean Susan L. Marquis surveys students, faculty, and staff for their reading recommendations. She then assigns summer reading to the incoming cohort of students.
  • Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies Recommended Reading
    For the past several years, we’ve asked Security Studies Program faculty what books they would recommend to students who want to keep their brains active over the summer. This year, we changed things up a bit and asked our students and alumni the same question. Here are the books they’d suggest for anyone who wants a National Security related bit of beach reading.
  • U.S. State Department Suggested Reading for Foreign Service Officers
    Foreign Service Officers must be well-informed and knowledgeable across many disciplines: current world and national affairs, economics, history, public affairs, and management, among others. And, since Foreign Service Officers represent the United States to the world, they must also possess an insightful understanding of American society and culture. This breadth of knowledge is usually gathered gradually over time. The best foundation is a solid education and a personal life-habit of reading, learning, and expanding one’s understanding of the world.Given this breadth, it is difficult to provide a definitive reading list that will prepare a person for the Foreign Service selection process, and for a Foreign Service career. Nonetheless, the reading list illustrates the kinds of books and readings that can set you in the right direction.