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REVISION OF THE COMMANDANT’S PROFESSIONAL READING LIST

Date Signed: 3/30/2016
ALMARS Number: 009/16

R 301911Z MAR 16
ALMAR 009/16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/REVISION OF THE COMMANDANT’S PROFESSIONAL READING LIST//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCCDC C40 OP/YMD: 20080125//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MMSB-30/YMD: 20150213//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MIFD/YMD: 20000714//
NARR/REFERENCE A IS MCO 1553.4B, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION.  REFERENCE B IS MCO P1610.7, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEM.  REFERENCE C IS MCO P1070.12K, MARINE CORPS INDIVIDUAL RECORDS ADMINISTRATION MANUAL.//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  The Commandant's Professional Reading List (CPRL) as promulgated by this message represents an updated version of those books most pertinent for professional development and critical thinking at each rank.
2.  The CPRL is arranged into three sections: Commandant’s Choice, Grade Levels, and Professional Categories.  Commandant’s Choice books are required reading for all Marines.  Books listed at each Grade Level are required, while the books listed under Professional Categories consist of recommended readings to expand understanding in specific areas.  Each Marine shall read a minimum of three books from the Commandant’s Choice or Grade Level sections each year.
3.  The Commandant’s Choice titles are First to Fight, The U.S. Constitution and Sustaining the Transformation.  The Professional Categories consist of Aviation, Counterinsurgency, Leadership, Logistics, Regional and Cultural Studies, Roots of Maneuver Warfare, Strategic Thinking, Cyberwarfare and Wounded Warrior/Resiliency.
4.  Completion of the CPRL reading requirement shall be noted in the individual Marine’s fitness report or taken into account when assigning Proficiency/Conduct (Pro/Con) marks per references a, b, and c. How a Marine demonstrates completion of the annual requirement is at the discretion of the Commander.
5.  The CPRL and related information can be found at: http:(slash)(slash)guides.grc.usmcu.edu(slash)usmcreadinglist.  The website contains several enhancements to include pictures of book covers, short summaries, links to electronic versions of the books, additional materials to enhance unit Professional Military Education (PME) and links to other reading lists (e.g., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other Services and Marine Corps University schools).
6.  Action.  Effective immediately, Commanding Generals and Commanding Officers are to incorporate the new CPRL into their command and unit PME programs.
7.  Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//