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.
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