Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program
Naval War College
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I am a Brazil navy officer, here we also have a program to encourage reading, and I would like to clarify some doubts:
First: I saw the presentation of the program of readings and realized that it is divided into 3 groups:
Warfigthing first, Operate forward and be ready. I wonder how this division works. It is merely a subject division or sub-groups
each of these aims at different hierarchical groups of military?
Second: There is some kind of stimulus to the reader? award by number of readings or championship best review?
There is a minimum of books that should be read by military? If there is, the control is done by hierarchical track?
DIEGO FELIPE GIMENEZ DE ANDRADE
Encarregado da Divisão Tática de Submarino
Thank you for the questions about the CNO’s reading program. The divisions are based on subject matter, but because there are subjective links between the books, the categories are suggestive.
The program is a way for the CNO to advertise to Sailors topics he finds compelling. Leadership, current affairs, history…they are all there. Continuing education is a part of professional development, something that the Navy ensures happens on and off duty. The library is provided for Sailors to become more well-rounded and no incentive is provided at the program level; however, some commands may introduce incentives.
In the past, the list was much longer, up to about 60 books. Much like the USMC Commandant’s Reading List, these were broken down by rank, so there was were junior enlisted, senior enlisted, junior officer, and senior officer reading lists. The current CNO chose to provide one list that covered a wide range of topics relevant to each and every Sailor.
I hope this answers some of your questions. Thank you for contacting us.
Is it possible to sign-up to be notified by email when this reading list is updated?
David, thank you for the question. We do not maintain a sign up list. The program is updated with each new CNO and then approximately 18 to 24 months thereafter. Please check the website periodically to get more information.
To Whom It May Concern;
I am a retired naval officer and would like to nominate a
book for the CNO’s reading list that I just completed written by retired Navy
Captain Alan E. Eschbach titled:
“My View From The Bridge Wing.”
Here is my brief review of this engaging book on leadership
and life in the Navy by a CO who has been there, done that:
This book will capture your interest as most personal
stories of interesting people will. The author has led a very interesting life.
He really focuses on his childhood, his family, and the environment in which he
grew up. As the book progresses you can see how these things prepared him to
face the challenges he would encounter as an adult. I would highly recommend
this book to anyone currently serving aboard ships in the US Navy and to any
young person who is thinking that they might like to join the Navy team or
submit an application to attend the US Naval Academy.
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