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U. S. Navy Professional Library

 
Guides
 
2019 American Practical Navigator 'BOWDITCH' Vol 1 & 2   
 
Ask the Chief: Backbone of the Navy 
 
The Bluejacket's Manual, 25th Edition (Blue & Gold Professional Series)   
 
Career Compass: Navigating the Navy's Officer Promotion and Assignment System  
 
Chief Petty Officer's Guide, 2nd Edition (Blue & Gold)  
 
Command at Sea, 6th Edition  
 
Dictionary of Modern Strategy and Tactics  
 
Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations (Blue and Gold) (Blue and Gold Professional Library)  
 
Dictionary of Naval Terms, Sixth Edition (Blue and Gold Professional Library)   
Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations    
 
Division Officer's Guide    
 
Dutton's Nautical Navigation  
 
Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know    
 
Farwell's Rules of the Nautical Road 
 
Modern Strategy    
 
NavCivGuide: A Handbook for Civilians in the United States Navy (U.S. Naval Institute Blue & Gold Professional Library) 
 
Naval Ceremonies, Customs, and Traditions (6th Edition)    
 
The Naval Institute Almanac of the U.S. Navy: 2006-2007 (U.S. Naval Institute Blue & Gold Professional Library)    
 
The Naval Institute Guide to Naval Writing, 3rd Edition (Blue and Gold)   
 
The Naval Officer's Guide 13th Edition (Blue & Gold Professional Library) 
 
Naval Shiphandler's Guide (Blue and Gold) 
 
Effective Phrases for Performance Appraisals: A Guide to Successful Evaluations 
 
Newly Commissioned Naval Officers Guide, 2nd Edition (Blue & Gold) 
 
Principles of Naval Engineering: Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems (Blue & Gold) 
 
Principles of Naval Weapons Systems: Second Edition (U.S. Naval Institute Blue & Gold Professional Library) 
 
The Professional Naval Officer: A Course to Steer By (U.S. Naval Institute Blue & Gold Professional Library) 
 
Service Etiquette, 5th Edition 
 
Watch Officer's Guide: A Handbook for All Deck Watch Officers - Fifteenth Edition 
 
 
Good to Know
How to Become a U.S. Naval Officer 
 
Honor, Courage, Commitment: Navy Boot Camp  
Good inside view of Navy boot camp.  Read before boot camp
and leave it for parents and/or spouse.
 
Ships and Aircraft
Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, 19th Edition
 
United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911 
Best one volume reference for U.S. naval aviation - but only through 1991.
 
 
Naval History
History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set 
Good general set by the Navy's official historian of WW2. Used set here.
 
The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War 
One volume abridged version of above set.  Used item here.
 
U.S. Navy: A Complete History 
Huge, well illustrated and informative. Bench press the book for double value.
 
American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-Present 
 
ROBERTS RIDGE: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan 
 
Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal 
 
The U.S. Navy: A Concise History 
 
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy 
 
A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy
 
 
Navy Insignia (Patches)
Complete Guide to United States Navy Medals, Badges and Insignia: World War II to Present
 
United States Naval Aviation Patches: Aircraft Carriers; Carrier Air Wings; Support Establishments (Vol 1)
 
United States Naval Aviation Patches: Aircraft; Attack Squadrons; Helicopter Squadrons (Vol. II)
 
United States Naval Aviation Patches: Fighter Squadrons; Strike-Fighter Squadrons; Reconnaissance Squadrons (Vol. III)
 
United States Navy Patches: Submarines (Volume IV) (v. 6)  
 
United States Navy Patches Series: Volume V: SHIPS: Battleships/Cruisers/Destroyers/LSTs/Etc. (Schiffer Military/Aviation History) (v. 5)  
 
 

U. S. Coast Guard Professional Library

Guides
The Coast Guardsman's Manual, 11th Edition 
 
Character in Action: The U.S. Coast Guard on Leadership
 
Cutters and Aircraft
U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935
 
U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II 
 
U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft: 1946-1990 
 
Wonderful Flying Machines: A History of U.S. Coast Guard Helicopters
 
U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft Since 1916
 
The Barque of Saviors: Eagle's Passage from the Nazi Navy to the U.S. Coast Guard (Hardcover)
 
 
Coast Guard History
The Coast Guard
 
Guardians of the Sea: History of the United States Coast Guard, 1915 to the Present 
 
The United States Coast Guard: 1790 to the Present
 
Always Ready: The U.S. Coast Guard
 
Bloodstained Sea : The U.S. Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1941-1944 (Hardcover)
 
So Others May Live: Saving Lives, Defying Death With the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmers
 
Coast Guard Action in Vietnam : Stories of Those Who Served
 
Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes 
 
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue 
 
Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas
 
Lifeboat Sailors: Disasters, rescues, and the Perilous Future of the Coast Guard's Small Boat Stations
 
Two Tankers Down: The Greatest Small-Boat Rescue In U.S. Coast Guard History 
 
Rescued By The U.S. Coast Guard: Great Acts Of Heroism Since 1878 (Hardcover)
 
New Jersey Coast Guard Stations and Rumrunners
 
 

U. S. Marine Corps Professional Library

Handbook for Marine NCOs
 
Guidebook for Marines  20th ed.
 
Marines - USMC Manuals on CD-ROM
 
U.S. Marine Guidebook of Essential Subjects.
If you are going into the USMC, ease the stress
of boot camp and start memorizing it now.
 
The Marine Officer's Guide 7th ed.
 
Warfighting : The United States Marine Corps
 
Backbone: History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs  
 
Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom of a Medal of Honor Recipient  
 
 
Marine Corps History
The Battle History of the U.S. Marines: A Fellowship of Valor
 
First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
 
Marines Under Armor: The Marine Corps and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916-2000 
 
Where We Were in Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases, Military Installations and Naval Vessels of the Vietnam War, 1945-1975
 
Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit
 

Sea Service

Order of Battle : Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm
 
Gulf War Debriefing Book : An After Action Report
 
The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems, Fifth Edition  
 
The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, 16th Edition: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (2013)
 
Principles of Naval Weapon Systems
 
Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet, 19th Edition (2013)
 
The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II
 
A Complete Guide to United States Military Medals: 1939 to Present Sixth Edition 
 
 

Favorite Authors

(Non Fiction)
Peter M. Bowers - Military aircraft
 
Donald L. Canney - U.S. Navy ship and Coast Guard cutter history
 
Rene Francillon - Military aircraft
 
Norman Friedman - U.S. Navy ships
 
Norman Polmar - Naval history and U.S. Navy Fleet Guides
 
Col. Robert Rankin, USMC - Sea service uniforms, small arms and edged weapons
 
Robert Scheina - U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft
 
Gordon Swanborough - Military aircraft
 
(Fiction)
Patrick O'Brian  Capt Jack Aubrey series
 
C. S. Forester  Horiato Hornblower series and more