Nearly 200 years ago, the Navy ordered its ships be outfitted with a reading list of 37 books in order to help train and educate Sailors. The Navy’s leaders knew then what is still the case today: to outthink our competitors we must study and apply lessons we’ve learned from our past. Furthermore, it is critically important for our Navy to be a learning organization. And one of the very best ways to do that is to foster an environment where every Sailor deepens their level of understanding and learning.

That is why we are launching an updated Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP) reading list, with a motto of “Read Well to Lead Well.”

M. M. Gilday
Admiral, U.S. Navy
Chief of Naval Operations



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