Recommended Reads

Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Official Reading List:

Books Recommended for the Officer Candidate

The intent of the Commandant in issuing this list (MCBUL 1500) is stated as follows: “In an era of constrained resources, our professional reading program is designed to provide Marines with an intellectual framework to study warfare and enhance their thinking and decision making skills. The mind, like the body, grows soft with inactivity. All Marines must understand that mental fitness is as demanding and as important as physical fitness, for both require commitment and perseverance. In a world characterized by rapid change and great uncertainty, our reading program will act as a combat multiplier by providing all Marines with a common frame of reference and historical perspective on warfare, human factors in combat and decisionmaking. In so doing, the program will also strengthen the threads of cohesion that make our Marine Corps unique.”

I didn’t know about this list until at OCS, but for you motivated candidates with time on your hands, here’s a few recommendations for you.

A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard

Ender’s Game (The Ender saga) by Orson Scott Card

First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps by Victor H. Krulak

First to Fight

Warfighting by U.S. Marine Corps

Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander’s Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery by Nick Popaditch and Mike Steere

Rifleman Dodd: A Novel Of The Peninsular Campaign by C. S. Forester

The Armed Forces Officer: 2007 Edition (National Defense University) by U.S. Department of Defense

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by D. Halberstam

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat by B. Drury and T. Clavin

The Last Stand of Fox Company

The Lions of Iwo Jima by Maj Gen (ret) F. Haynes and J. Warren

The Soldier’s Load and the Mobility of a Nation by S.L.A. Marshall

Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War by M. Sallah and M. Weiss

Tiger Force

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