Cornerstone Pre-Reads (Links with *asterisks we recommend print and bring to course.  Wi-Fi is available but recommend downloading to your personal device as a backup.)


The following resources will be covered in small breakout groups during Cornerstone:

*UPDATED 19 MAY 2023* 90 Day Checklist, Commander Programs, Commander Training

*Commandership at the Chosin Reservoir

CMC White Letter 3-17

Status of Command Letter Template

Commander's Guidance and Intent: MajGen Bowers Commander's Guidance MCRC

MCIPAC 45 Day Assessment

1st Battalion, 12th Marines Leadership Philosophy

1st Battalion, 12th Marines Staff Guidance (PowerPoint)

1st Battalion, 12th Marines Policy Letters (PDF)

Leadership Triage Training

Memos from Commanding Officer to 12th Marines (Risk, Force Preservation, Resiliency, Spirituality, Responsibility, Camaraderie)

Primary and Special Staff Guidance from Brigadier General Field

Operations Officer Initial Guidance from Brigadier General Field

XO Initial Guidance from Brigadier General Field

Sergeant Major Initial Guidance from Brigadier General Field

Sample Aviation Command Philosophy

SNCOA Director's Command Philosophy

SOI-E Command Principles

Command Climate

Final Report for Great Units Project

MCO 1500.61 Marine Leader Development

Legal Break-Out Facilitator Guide Updated 2023



SAPR Resources  (Will receive a class and conduct breakout groups to discuss)                                                                

DON SAPRO Training Supplement

NAVMC 1752                                                                                                                                        

SAPR links for Commanders                                                                                                              

Commanders Assets                                                                                                                        

SARC and VA Selection Criteria                                                                                                     

SAPR Reporting Process Maps                                                                                                         

SMART Pack                                                                                                                                     

SAPR 8 Day FAQ                                                                                                                                

Leadership Resource Guide                                                                                                             

SAPR POC                                                                                                                                        

Shared Risk and Protective Factors                                                                                                    

Risk and Protective Factors Annual Report                                                                                      

Marine Watch List                                                                                                                              

Marine Watch List Top 10 Tips                                                                                                          

MCO 1752.5C                 


Documents and Links

Map to the Gray Research Center

Map to Liversedge Hall

Funding Letter FAQ

Civilian Casual

Spouses Workshop                                                                                                                                  


Prohibited Activities and Conduct Toolkit for Commands   


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources 


Additional Readings (Recommended but not required)     

Art Athens Speech        

Battle Doctrine for Front Line Leaders

Col Zinni White Letter

Leadership Life Lessons     

Pride Quotient Survey II         

White Letter No. 3-12                       

Chips in the Rock of Discipline

Casualties of Their Own Success: The 2011 Urination Incident in Afghanistan             

A Warrior's Mind        

USN/USMC Commander’s Quick Reference Legal Handbook (QUICKMAN)

Primer on Command Influence            

Court Martial Member Selection Primer  

USMC Social Media Posting Response Assessment  

Navy Social Media Handbook (2019)     

USMC Social Media Handbook                                                        

Congressional China Task Force Releases Findings From Report on Threat From Communist China

Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative

The Weaponization of Information, The Need for Cognitive Security

Manoeuvering and Generating Effects in the Information Environment

Twenty-First Century Information Warfare and the Third Offset Strategy

Commander's Readiness Handbook DRRS

Marine Corps University