Basic Essentials (from Naval Press Institute)
NCO Guide 9th Edition (this manual is a must for all services)
by CSM Robert S. Rush, USA (Ret.)
This guide goes across all services (Army, Navy, AF, etc) includes information on personal development and role as leader, giving guidance on how to navigate the system. Topics include: NCO responsibilities, leadership, training, education, evaluation process, promotion, legal and financial issues to name a few. It has been implied by the reviews of this book that promotions often hinge on a demonstration of understanding the information contained in this guide.
The Naval Officer’s Guide 12th Edition
by CDR Lesa A. McComas, USN (Ret.)
Provides a valuable introduction to the sea services. Completely revised and updated, this edition reflects significant changes in the organization and policies of the Department of Defense and the Navy. This includes recent changes in the Navy s operating environment . Topics covered include current operational doctrine and policies, career planning, shipboard routine and protocol, the organization of ships and staffs, the missions and functions of each of the armed services, leadership, communications, and preparation for command at sea. (amazon)
Bluejacket Manual 24th Edition
by Thomas J. Cutler
This manual has been around for over 100 years, the current one addresses the tools and procedures for the 21st century. Topics include: enlisted ratings (the specific jobs), officer ranks, re-enlistment procedures, commissioning procedures, firefighting, damage control, nautical flags, ship information, navy jargon, etc.
Citizen’s Guide to the US Navy
by Thomas J. Cutler
Quick reference for non-military personnel to understand the uniform, insignias, and historical and operational information.
Service Etiquette 5th Edition (2009)
by Cherlynn Conetsco and Anna Hart
A highly readable, multicultural courtesy and planning manual that provides entry-level professionals with a wealth of hands-on detail and vital skill sets. Topics include: international guest and host etiquette, including manners at the global dinner table, public use of personal electronic devices and email manners, and essential protocol during government ceremonies, business receptions, and high-profile visits. They spotlight individual responsibilities, such as proposing toasts and navigating receiving lines, in detail. Seating plans are included for conference rooms, auditoriums, and dining tables. There are checklists and step-by-step scripts for organizing a Dining In or a Fallen Comrade observance. (amazon)
A Sailor’s History of the US Navy
by Thomas J. Cutler
A history of the Navy and how it shaped the service that it is today. Standard issue for new sailors.
Chief Petty Officer’s Guide
by John Hagan and Jack Leahy
The book provides extensive guidance in the four major skills areas deemed essential for today’s successful CPO: leading, communicating, developing, and supporting. Among the sixteen useful chapters are “The Moral Compass,” “Written Communications,” and “Advancement and Professional Development,” and there is specific guidance in topics unique to being a chief, including the conduct of CPO initiations, living in the Chief’s Mess, and wearing Khakis. Both textbook and reference work, the guide is mandatory reading for all E-6s and above. (amazon)
Newly Commissioned Naval Officer’s Guide
by Fred W. Kacher
This desktop guide is a user-friendly first stop for officer candidates and midshipmen seeking information as they transition to naval officers. It offers practical advice in the basic tenets of leadership, naval policy, etiquette, and personal and professional management. In a conversational style, Commander Kacher demystifies the new roles and responsibilities of young officers as they grapple with concepts very different from their experiences as enlisted sailors or college students. Useful insights from officers who have recently made the transition and advice from successful commanding officers are included. This manual also provides a concise overview of the U.S. Navy’s history, along with a recommended reading list, and serves as a gateway to the many online and print assets available to new officers.
NavCivGuide: Handbook for Civilians in the US Navy
by Thomas J. Culter
A basic reference guide for civilians working for the U.S. Navy: It will acquaint them with the Navy’s world of acronyms, n-codes, uniforms, and customs. This guide provides new employees and veteran workers alike with the words and steps needed to succeed in the Navy. (amazon)
Command at Sea 6th Edition
by Adm James Stavridis USN
First published in 1943, this book has long been the key resource for U.S. Navy officers preparing for command at sea. This sixth edition reflects the sweeping changes that have occurred over the past decade in the mechanics of how command at sea is executed and the context in which commanding officers work. Among these changes are the adoption of a new maritime strategy that identifies maritime security and humanitarian assistance as core competencies, a post 9/11 environment in which maritime intercept operations and irregular warfare are key, the rise of piracy, increasing joint and combined operations, the growing capacity to share information, and the modernization of the fleet. An expanded discussion of the submarine-related aspects of command is also included. (amazon)
Navy Professional Reading Program:
60 books that vary in topics from traditional naval history too innovative leadership or time management practices.
USMC Commandants Reading List:
27 books categorized by the rank of the marine that should be reading it. (E.g. Recruits- The United States Marines: A History; Privates- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell; Corporals – Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides).