Career Level Enlisted: Sgt-SSgt

Career Level Enlisted: Sgt-SSgt

First to Fight: An Inside View of the US Marine Corps

By Victor Krulak

396796Marine general Victor “Brute” Krulak offers here a riveting insiders’s chronicle of U.S. Marines – their fights on the battlefield and off, and their extraordinary esprit de corps. He not only takes a close look at the Marine experience during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam – wars in which Krulak was himself a participant – but also examines the foundation on which the Corps is built. In doing so, he helps answer the question of what it means to be a Marine and how the Corps has maintained such a consistently outstanding reputation.

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Primary Enlisted: Private – Corporal

Enders Game

By Orson Scott Card

enders-game-book-coverEnder’s Game is a military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.

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Primary Level Officer: WO, 2ndLt, 1stLt

Commandant’s Primary Level Books: Warrant Officer – 2nd Lieutenant – 1st Lieutenant

All junior officers are required to read these books. Headed to The Basic School? Get these books before you go!

All Quiet on the Western Front

This book is about Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of WWI. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other, if only he can come out of the war alive. All Quiet on the Western Front was also made into one of the most famous movies of all time.