The Marine Corps Professional Reading Program began as the Commandant's Reading List in 1988, although recommended reading list have been generated for Marines since the 19th century. Each Commandant since 1988 has placed his personal stamp on the program, but many books remain constant. Books will always remain a staple of self-paced professional development.
Navy MWR and Overdrive (Free E-Reader)
Marines are able to download all titles for free utilizing the Navy MWR Library and Overdrive application.
Book Report Format and Guide
For Marines competing on Meritorious Boards utilize the following guide to shape thoughts for your book report. Utilize the following template to write your report.
United States Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List Discussion Guide
Book Report Template
Commandant's Professional Reading List books are available to unit leaders as part of the Marine Corps Association (MCA) Unit Commander's Library Program. Ordering instructions are posted on the MCA website.
The reading list webpage can be found at the following site:
Commandant's Professional Reading List
Recommend books for the Commandants Reading List
Program Coordinator (703) 784-9753
Corporal's Course EWS
Sergeant's School Command and Staff
Updated 21 Oct 2020
Revision of the Commandants Reading List
PDF Version of the 2020 Commandant's Professional Reading List (Courtesy of GRC Library)
Previous Commandant's Professional Reading List