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On January 2, 2013, USMC Commandant General Jim Amos released the 2013 edition of the Commandant’s Reading List. For 2013, General Amos not only revised the books on the Reading List, but also revised the structure of the list itself. The list is now divided into five levels, based on rank, with two categories (enlisted and officer) per level. In addition, General Amos created eight categories of “recommended reading” books that cover various topics pertinent to today’s Marines. Finally, General Amos created a new section of the Reading List titled “The Commandant’s Choice” that contains four books that are required for all Marines, regardless of rank. Each Marine must read at least three books from the “Level” or “Commandant’s Choice” selections each year.
The 2013 Commandant’s Reading List:
Entry Level Enlisted: Recruit/Poolee
Entry Level Officer: Candidate/Midshipman
Primary Level Enlisted: Pvt.-Cpl.
Primary Level Officer: WO, 2nd Lt., 1st Lt.
Career Level Enlisted: Sgt., SSgt.
Career Level Officer: CWO-2, CWO-3, Capt.
Intermediate Level Enlisted: GySgt., MSgt., 1st Sgt.
Intermediate Level Officer: CWO-4, CWO-5, Maj., Lt.Col.
Senior Level Enlisted: MGySgt., SgtMaj.
Senior Level Officer: Col.-Gen.
Roots of Maneuver Warfare
Regional and Cultural Studies
The Marine Corps is attempting to obtain print, electronic and audio formats for each book. For more information, visit the Commandant’s Professional Reading List official site.
to see a selection of books that were on the 2012 Commandant's Reading List but were not renewed for the 2013 Reading List. While these books are no longer required reading, many Marines will still find them interesting and informative.