Navy Reading List & Navy Mentor Recommended Books

Oct. 24, 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduced the newest edition of the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP) in NAVADMIN 309/12 in conjunction with the Navy’s 237th birthday.

“Reading, discussing and understanding the ideas found in the CNO-PRP will not only improve our critical thinking skills, but will also help us become better sailors, citizens, and most importantly leaders,” Greenert said.

The revamped program lists 42 books organized under the three tenets of the CNO’s navigation plan: warfighting first, operate forward, and be ready.

Each book was selected to illustrate key points about ways the Navy contributed to national security in the past and how it will operate in the future.

“Admiral Greenert has directed the most significant changes to the Navy’s professional reading program since it was established in 2006,” said U.S. Naval War College professor John Jackson, the program manager. “His personal level of interest and involvement has been very helpful as we improved the program to meet the challenges of today’s Navy.”

Eighteen books have been selected as essential reading and will be shipped to every major ship, squadron and station in the Navy. The rest of the books are identified as recommended reading and will be available for download from the Navy e-Library section on the Navy Knowledge On-Line website.

The program was developed to facilitate professional development and encourage a life-long habit of reading and learning among all Sailors. Books include history, fiction, inspirational and patriotic titles, biographies and classics on military strategy and theory.

“We hope that the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program will make it easier for Sailors around the fleet to read about the world around them, to share the marvelous history and heritage of the naval services and to help them consider different ways to look at their current challenges and those that will come in the future,” said Jackson.

The motto of the new program is, “Read to be ready.”

A full list of the titles can be found at Sailors will be able to contribute their opinions and suggestions by visiting the website or on Facebook at

The CNO’s Professional Reading Program is administered by faculty and staff at the U.S. Naval War College. Questions, feedback, and recommendations on the program may be sent to