Comments from the Fleet

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Sailors engage with books in the CNO’s Professional Reading Program. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Alexander Cornell du Houx and Petty officer 1st Class Monica White/Released)

The CNO Professional Reading Program recently completed the distribution of nearly 23,500 books to ships, squadrons and stations around the world. As the result of this investment, more than 420 lending libraries have been established throughout the fleet, where Sailors can borrow any of the 18 books in the CNO-PRP’s “Essential Books” category.  It is always gratifying to hear directly from Sailors at all levels about how the books are being enjoyed at the deck-plate level. Over the past few months, we have gotten a lot of feedback, including the following:- A Navy captain recently wrote: “I gained great insight from reading Navigating the Seven Seas: Leadership Lessons from the First African-American Father and Son to Serve at the Top in the U.S. Navy.   Not only did I enjoy reading Richard A. Clarke’s “Cyber-War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to do About It,” but I found it significantly applicable to the work I do in the cyber-security area at NORAD-NORTHCOM. I look forward to reading more books in this well thought-out and applicable reading program.”

– A Command Master Chief in the Special Warfare community wrote:  “Last year we used the Navy recommended reading list to have our Chief selectees choose a book during the MCPON 365 Program and give a short oral report to the Chief’s Mess on what they got out of the book, what they liked and disliked about it and whether they would recommend that book to someone else and why. This grew interest in having those books on hand and the command is working to build a library of our own.  We thank the Navy for their support in shipping these books to us.”

– A Navy civilian employee wrote: “[Our reading] club was started almost a year ago by our deputy director and is mostly comprised of junior employees, both civilian and military. The club provides an opportunity to review books that contribute to our military and intelligence professional understanding, as well as to focus on emerging topics and issues that will have an impact on our current analytic production. Many discussions relate to our personal experiences as naval analysts whether it is experiences in a specific subject area or experiences in events of our careers thus far.

– A Judge Advocate General’s Corps lieutenant wrote: “My command plans to assign The Caine Mutiny as mandatory reading as part of a Professional Military Education program for our junior officers.  On the Navy Reading website, it is noted that The Caine Mutiny has been used in classrooms where it has sparked intense arguments over questions of loyalty and integrity, the responsibility of a crew to its captain, and of loyalty up and down the chain of command.”

– A Chief Petty Officer in the medical field wrote:  “We have created a professional library and we are using our books to encourage professional development. A number of our Sailors have checked-out books and are preparing to do presentations to the detachment based on the information learned in their reading.”

The examples above perfectly demonstrate that the purpose of the CNO-PRP is being achieved. The books are being read, discussed and shared throughout the fleet, and they are generating the kind of informed discussion that makes everyone in the Navy more professional and more productive. Let us know how you are using your CNO-PRP library at: