Reading Lists

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library share reading lists curated by staff and the five branches of the U.S. military and the Joint Chiefs of Staff for further information about current events and the branches of our military. These reading lists seek to steer readers towards resources that help expand their understanding of current events and military service and encourage innovative thinking. Explore each list below and discover our library’s collection!

Air Force Reading List

Air Force Reading List

Since 1996, the Air Force Chief of Staff Professional Reading Program has established reading lists each year in an effort to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members.

Army Reading List

Army Reading List

The Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List is divided into 4 sub-lists titled The Army Profession, The Force of Decisive Action, Broadening Leaders, and The Strategic Environment. Explore them all!

Coast Guard Reading List

Coast Guard Reading List

The U.S. Coast Guard Reading List is divided into four sections: Contemporary Issues, Leadership, Coast Guard History and Culture, and Leader of Leaders—a collection of recommendations from senior Coast Guard leaders.

Marine Corps Reading List

Marine Corps Reading List

The Commandant's Professional Reading List (also known as the Marine Corps Reading List) is a list of required annual reading for all officer and enlisted Marines, whether active duty or reserve. The list is divided into books for enlisted marines and books for officers and then divided further by rank.

Navy Reading List

Navy Reading List

The Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program list is divided into three sections: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. Furthermore, the Navy divides each of the three sections into two categories: Essential Readings and Recommended Readings.

Space Command

Space Command Reading List

The Space Operations Command (SPOC) protects America and its allies in space.  Like the other military service branches, they maintain a reading list for Space Operations Command members.

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Russia/Ukraine War Reading List

We stand with all citizen soldiers that defend democracy and make sacrifices great and small for the sake of freedom. Our staff has collected resources from our collection to provide readers with additional information and context about the current situation.