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MCDP 1: Warfighting

The Marine Corps’ seminal publication focused on operations, this quick read is widely applicable to life inside and outside the military and has been used in such disciplines as business leadership and crisis communication.

Reading MCDP-1 provides a window into the mind of a Marine – how they think, decide and act – and is a great cultural competency builder!

JP 1-02: DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

If you’re going to build strong bonds with those we serve, you must be able to speak their language!  JP 1-02 is the officially sanctioned dictionary of military terminology.  A  must read and great reference for our team members.

Military Themed Books

Passion of CommandPassion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership
Bryan McCoy
Emotionally riveting, The Passion of Command provides inside information into the warrior culture and allows one to grasp the complexities when hardening the mind, body and spirit for the rigors of combat. Most find it hard to communicate the human effects of combat to people who have never experienced the harsh realities associated with actually engaging an enemy. Col McCoy doesn’t have that problem; he opened the door and let the reader in. Author royalties go to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

The Untold WarThe Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers
Nancy Sherman
The Untold War draws on revealing interviews with servicemen and -women to offer keen psychological and philosophical insights into the experience of being a soldier. Bringing to light the ethical quandaries that soldiers face―torture, the thin line between fighters and civilians, and the anguish of killing even in a just war―Nancy Sherman opens our eyes to the fact that wars are fought internally as well as externally, enabling us to understand the emotional tolls that are so often overlooked.

On CombatOn Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
Dave Grossman
On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory – then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. This information-packed book ploughs new ground in its vision, in its extensive new research and startling findings, and in its powerful, revealing quotes and anecdotes from top people in the warrior community, people who have faced the toxic environment of deadly combat and now share their wisdom to help others. On Combat is easy to read and powerful in scope. It is a true classic that will be read by new and veteran warriors for years to come.

RedeploymentRedeployment
Phil Klay
Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

The ReturnThe Return: A Field Manual For Life After Combat
David J. Danelo
Since 9/11 and before, American warriors have faced combat in difficult and adverse theaters with dedication, courage, and remarkable inner fortitude. Our nation supports them during their time in the fight, and “thank you for your service” has become a common civilian affirmation. Marine combat veteran David J. Danelo’s message is simple—those who return to peace after war possess a power that must be discovered, honored, and treasured.The Return: A Field Manual for Life After Combat tells how our military and civilian cultures can protect and nurture this potent gift.

Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien
The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

What it is like to go to warWhat It Is Like To Go To War
Karl Marlantes
In What It Is Like to Go to War, Karl Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at the experience and ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our young soldiers for war. War is as old as humankind, but in the past, warriors were prepared for battle by ritual, religion, and literature—which also helped bring them home. In a compelling narrative, Marlantes weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to the Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it clear just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors—mainly men but increasingly women—are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of their journey.

AfterwarAfterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers
Nancy Sherman
Movies like American Sniper and The Hurt Locker hint at the inner scars our soldiers incur during service in a war zone. The moral dimensions of their psychological injuries–guilt, shame, feeling responsible for doing wrong or being wronged-elude conventional treatment. Georgetown philosophy professor Nancy Sherman turns her focus to these moral injuries in Afterwar. She argues that psychology and medicine alone are inadequate to help with many of the most painful questions veterans are bringing home from war. 2.6 million soldiers are currently returning home from war, the greatest number since Vietnam. Facing an increase in suicides and post-traumatic stress, the military has embraced measures such as resilience training and positive psychology to heal mind as well as body. Sherman argues that some psychological wounds of war need a kind of healing through moral understanding that is the special province of philosophical engagement and listening.

Things They Cannot SayThe Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War
Kevin Sites
What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what’s right? What can you never forget?
In The Things They Cannot Say, award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who—by sharing the truth about their wars—display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics.

Thank You For Your ServiceThank You for Your Service
David Finkel
In Thank You for Your Service, David Finkel follows many of the same men he embedded with of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion to pen his bestselling account, The Good Soldiers, as they return home and struggle to reintegrate―both into their family lives and into American society at large. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like―not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?

The Sorrow of War
Bao Ninh
A former North Vietnamese soldier, provides a strikingly honest look at how the Vietnam War forever changed his life, his country, and the people who live there. Originally published against government wishes in Vietnam because of its non-heroic, non-ideological tone, The Sorrow of War has won worldwide acclaim and become an international bestseller. This novel makes it clear how the experience of being a soldier is universal.

Road Warrior: How to Keep Your Faith, Relationships, and Integrity When Away from Home (The Every Man Series)
Stephen Arterburn and Sam Gallucci
Forced to face a battle with the lonely road? What you need is a road map to guide you through and prepare you for your journey. This book delivers a unique plan to help you keep your job, your family, and your personal life from drifting off course.

  • rediscover the balance to working away from home
  • overcome burnout to strengthen your defenses
  • recapture essential relationships
  • and escape the travel treadmill to re-engage with real life

1001 Solution Focused Questions: Handbook for Solution Focused Interviewing 
Fredrike Bannink
Drawing on nearly 30 years of clinical practice, Bannink compiles solution-focused questions and protocols that are formulated to elicit the client’s expertise on the issue(s) that brought him or her to therapy. Categorized for general use and for use with specific types of clients―such as children, couples, and families, and those who have suffered trauma or who might benefit from medication―the questions demonstrate how the precise use of language is an important tool in solution-focused interviewing. Exercises and homework suggestions invite self-reflection and experimentation with the solution-focused model, while case studies illustrate the model’s effectiveness with a wide variety of clients. 1001 Solution-Focused Questions equips clinicians with a toolbox full of ready-to-use approaches, so they’re prepared to provide support as clients find their own way to a better future.