One of Us

  • Filename: one-of-us.
  • ISBN: 0275972224
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 171
  • Author: Jack Ruppert
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group



This engaging book plunges readers into the culture shock of Marine Officer Candidates School and compares two generations of candidates and officers.

One Bullet Away

  • Filename: one-bullet-away.
  • ISBN: 0547349548
  • Release Date: 2006-09-07
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so he’ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals. In this deeply thoughtful account of what it’s like to fight on today’s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isn’t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.

The Ultimate Officer Candidate School Guidebook

  • Filename: the-ultimate-officer-candidate-school-guidebook.
  • ISBN: 193271491X
  • Release Date: 2010-10-15
  • Number of pages: 205
  • Author: Ryan Pierce
  • Publisher:



Are you a former serviceman who left the service without realising your potential? If so, you should consider entering the Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard, and resume an exciting career in the world's best military. This guide explains everything you need to know to achieve these goals.

Corps Strength

  • Filename: corps-strength.
  • ISBN: 9781569758243
  • Release Date: 2011-08-16
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Paul J. Roarke
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press



GET AS FIT AS A MARINE For almost three decades as a U.S. Marine, Master Gunnery Sergeant Paul Roarke rigorously designed and tested a unique system to achieve and maintain a level of physical fitness that kept him battle-ready when he was away from hard-core Marine PT—Corps Strength. Now, Master Gunz takes his tried-and-true regimen from the barracks to the backyard, showing you how to rapidly transform your body—the Master Gunny way. The best aspects of many training methods are incorporated into this program, including the Marine Corps staples, in-gym training and outdoor sports, such as: • Pull-ups • Push-ups • Kettlebell Lifts • Mountain Biking • Boxing • Backpacking • Swimming • Spinning • Weighted-Vest Runs Whether you’re a 20-year-old soldier in Kandahar or a 60-year-old grandpa in Kansas City, Master Gunny Roarke’s Corps Strength can get you in the best shape of your life for the rest of your life. This is real fitness for real people.

The Leader s Code

  • Filename: the-leader-s-code.
  • ISBN: 9780679644200
  • Release Date: 2013-04-09
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Donovan Campbell
  • Publisher: Random House



What does it take to be a great leader? In a word: character. This unique book by decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran Donovan Campbell, the New York Times bestselling author of Joker One, draws on his years of training and combat experience to reveal the specific virtues that underpin effective leadership—and how anyone can stand up, serve others, and make a difference in the world by bringing out the best in a team. The Leader’s Code is a practical action plan that can be applied to any situation in which exemplary leadership is required, whether that be at home or in the workplace. Moreover, The Leader’s Code unpacks the military servant-leader model—a leader must take care of his mission first, his team second, and himself a distant third—and explains why this concept of self-sacrifice is so needed in today’s world. Focusing on the development of character as the foundation of servant-leadership, Campbell identifies character’s six key attributes: humility, excellence, kindness, discipline, courage, and wisdom. Then, drawing on lessons from his time in the Corps and stories from history, Scripture, and American business, he shows us how to develop those virtues in order to take the helm with confidence, conviction, and a passion to bring out the best in others. Being a leader is about being worthy of being followed. True leaders, Campbell argues, foster compassion for others and they pursue excellence in all that they do. They are humble and know how to self-correct. Campbell’s exploration of these vital qualities is wide-ranging, as he takes us from the boardrooms of the world’s most successful companies to the Infantry Officer Course, the intense twelve-week training gauntlet that Marines use to prepare their leaders to sacrifice themselves for the welfare of others. With faith in our political and business leaders at an all-time low, America is in the midst of a crisis of trust. Yet public opinion polls show that there is one institution that still commands widespread respect because of its commitment to character and sacrifice: the United States military. The Leader’s Code shows that this same servant-leader model can help us all become our best selves—and provide a way forward for our nation. Advance praise for The Leader’s Code “A refreshing model for leadership, offering convincing principles and motivating examples that are sure to make a difference in a leader’s personal and professional life. I can’t remember a leadership book that has had more influence on my thinking.”—Steve Reinemund, dean of business, Wake Forest University, and retired chairman and CEO, PepsiCo “Donovan Campbell has written a superb, thoughtful, all-encompassing examination of leadership and leaders. His key lessons, easily understood and well articulated, are applicable at home, within the community, and to professionals in all walks of life. The Leader’s Code is an important book for anyone concerned about today’s leadership crisis in our country and in our communities.”—General Mike Hagee, USMC (Ret.), 33rd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps “Donovan Campbell nails it as he speaks to our country’s need for leadership at every level: at home, in the marketplace, in education, in government, and in the military. The Leader’s Code is a clear call to be focused on the right mission, in the right way, and at the right time. This is a thoughtful book that will keep you awake at night and challenge you to dream in the daytime!”—Dennis Rainey, president and CEO, FamilyLife From the Hardcover edition.

Why Marines Fight

  • Filename: why-marines-fight.
  • ISBN: 9781429922630
  • Release Date: 2007-10-30
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: James Brady
  • Publisher: Macmillan



United States Marines, for more than two centuries, have been among the world's fiercest and most admired of warriors. They have fought from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq, in famous battles become bone and sinew of American lore. But why do Marines fight? Why fight so well? Why run toward the guns? Now comes a thrilling new book, pounding and magnificent in scope, by the author some Marines consider the unofficial "poet laureate" of their Corps. James Brady interviews combat Marines from wars ranging from World War II to Afghanistan, their replies in their own individual voices unique and powerful, an authentically American story of a country at war, as seen through the eyes of its warriors. Culling his own correspondence and comradeship with hundreds of fellow Marines, Brady compiles a story---lyrical and historical---of the motivations and emotions behind this compelling question. Included are the accounts of Senator James Webb and his lance corporal son, Jim; New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly; Yankee second baseman (and Marine fighter pilot) Jerry Coleman, and of teachers, firemen, authors, cops, Harvard football players, and just plain grunts, as well as the unforgettable story of Jack Rowe, who lost an eye and other parts and now grows avocados and chases rattlesnakes. Their stories poignantly and profoundly illustrate the lives and legacies of battlefront Marines. Why Marines Fight is a ruthlessly candid book about professional killers not ashamed to recall their doubts as well as exult in their savagely triumphant battle cries. A book of weight and heft that Marines, and Americans everywhere, will want to read, and may find impossible to forget. Praise for James Brady The Scariest Place in the World "[A] graceful, even elegant, and always eloquent tribute to men at arms in a war that, in a way, never ended." ---Kirkus Reviews "James Brady has done it again. A riveting and illuminating insight into a dark corner of the world." ---Tim Russert, NBC's Meet the Press The Coldest War "His story reads like a novel, but it is war reporting at its best---a graphic depiction, in all its horrors, of the war we've almost forgotten." ---Walter Cronkite "A marvelous memoir. A sensitive and superbly written narrative that eventually explodes off the pages like a grenade in the gut . . .taut, tight, and telling." ---Dan Rather The Marine "In The Marine, James Brady again gives us a novel in which history is a leading character, sharing the stage in this case with a man as surely born to be a gallant warrior as any knight in sixth-century Camelot." ---Kurt Vonnegut The Marines of Autumn "Mr. Brady knows war, the smell and the feel of it." ---The New York Times

Fighting Tradition

  • Filename: fighting-tradition.
  • ISBN: 0824827457
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 244
  • Author: Bruce I. Yamashita
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press



Determined to be a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Bruce Yamashita enrolled in Officer Candidate School, where he was the target of persistent racial harassment by officers and staff. After enduring nine weeks of emotional and physical abuse, Yamashita was disenrolled in April 1989 kicked out of the Marine Corps because of the color of his skin. Fighting Tradition is Yamashita s own story of his courageous struggle to expose a pattern of racial discrimination against minorities that has existed at various levels of the Corps. With the support of a broad coalition of community and civil rights organizations, the Hawaii-born law school graduate fought a five-year-long legal, political, and media battle against the military establishment that ended in his commissioning as a captain and the revision of Marine Corps policies and procedures. Fighting Tradition not only is a moving story of personal sacrifice and vision, but contributes also both directly and indirectly to our understanding of the complexities of institutional racism in a politically conservative, demographically shifting society. It is a unique window into the dynamics of race, government, and the law and a stirring reminder of the importance of political mobilization by the individual to achieve justice. "

Stoic Warriors

  • Filename: stoic-warriors.
  • ISBN: 9780199760411
  • Release Date: 2007-03-19
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Nancy Sherman
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Stoic Warriors explores the relationship between soldiers and Stoic philosophy, exploring what Stoicism actually is, the role it plays in the character of the military (both ancient and modern), and its powerful value as a philosophy of life. Marshalling anecdotes from military history--ranging from ancient Greek wars to World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq--Sherman illuminates the military mind and uses it as a window on the virtues of the Stoic philosophy. Indeed this is a perceptive investigation of what makes Stoicism so compelling not only as a guiding principle for the military, but as a philosophy for anyone facing the hardships of life.

Chosen Soldier

  • Filename: chosen-soldier.
  • ISBN: 0307394794
  • Release Date: 2007-03-06
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Dick Couch
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press



IN combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. We are fighting guerrilla wars, against insurgents hidden in remote regions, often deep among the local population. In battles such as these, squadrons of billion-dollar bombers and naval fleets mean much less than on-the-ground intelligence and the ability to organize local forces. That’s why, more than ever before, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces—the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch—a former Navy SEAL widely admired for his books about SEAL training and operations—offers an unprecedented view of the training of the Army Special Forces warrior. Each year, several thousand enlisted men and several hundred officers volunteer for Special Forces training; less than a quarter of those who apply will complete the course. Chosen Soldier spells out in fascinating detail the arduous regimen these men undergo—the demanding selection process and grueling field exercises, the high-level technical training and intensive language courses, and the simulated battle problems that test everything from how well they gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders. Green Berets are expected to be deadly in combat, yes, but their responsibilities go far beyond those of other Special Operations fighters; they’re taught to operate in foreign cultures, often behind enemy lines; to recruit, train, and lead local forces; to gather intelligence in hostile territory; to forge bonds across languages and cultures. They must not only be experts in such fields as explosives, communications, engineering, and field medicine, but also be able to teach those skills to others. Each and every Green Beret must function as tactical combat leader, negotiator, teacher, drill sergeant, and diplomat. These tasks require more than just physical prowess; they require a unique mix of character, intelligence, language skills, and—most of all—adaptability. It’s no wonder that the Green Berets’ training regimen is known as the hardest in the world. Drawing on his unprecedented access to the closed world of Army Special Forces training, Dick Couch paints a vivid, intimate portrait of these extraordinary men and the process that forges America’s smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force. From the Hardcover edition.

The Guerrilla Factory

  • Filename: the-guerrilla-factory.
  • ISBN: 9781451623628
  • Release Date: 2012-11-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Tony Schwalm
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



With “a fresh, authentic voice” (Publishers Weekly), former Special Forces commander and current instructor Tony Schwalm takes readers deep inside the grueling training on the notorious Q course, required for all Special Forces soldiers before they can join the elite Green Berets that defends our country in nontraditional operations.

Red Storm Rising

  • Filename: red-storm-rising.
  • ISBN: 9781101002346
  • Release Date: 1987-07-01
  • Number of pages: 736
  • Author: Tom Clancy
  • Publisher: Penguin



Tom Clancy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Ryan novels--including his latest blockbusters Command Authority and Threat Vector--delivers an electrifying tale of international conflict. Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. A chillingly authentic vision of modern war, Red Storm Rising is as powerful as it is ambitious. It's a story you will never forget. Hard hitting. Suspenseful. And frighteningly real.

Barron s ASVAB

  • Filename: barron-s-asvab.
  • ISBN: 0764140884
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 521
  • Author: Terry L. Duran
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series



Presents subject reviews, including science, arithmetic, reading comprehension, and electronics fundamentals; suggests study guidelines; and includes four full-length practice examinations.

Making the Corps

  • Filename: making-the-corps.
  • ISBN: 9781416544500
  • Release Date: 2007-07-31
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



An inside look at the Marine Corps follows one year in the lives of a single platoon of raw Marine recruits, from their arrival on Parris Island to their first full year as members of the Corps, in a tenth anniversary edition that features a new afterword by the author. Reissue. 35,000 first printing.

Master the ASVAB

  • Filename: master-the-asvab.
  • ISBN: 9780768932546
  • Release Date: 2010-06-15
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Author: Scott A. Ostrow
  • Publisher: Peterson's



Jump-start your career and get the ASVAB scores you need with this exhaustively thorough guidebook. It includes more practice tests than any other ASVAB resource, along with profiles of more than 125 military careers. There are extensive details on the AFQT sections (Armed Forces Qualification Test: comprised of two verbal and two math sections) and coverage of all ASVAB test subjects, with dedicated sections for each subtest.

Sustaining the Transformation

  • Filename: sustaining-the-transformation.
  • ISBN: 1492760498
  • Release Date: 2013-09-21
  • Number of pages: 92
  • Author: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Publisher: CreateSpace



The Corps does two things for America: they make Marines and they win the nation's battles. The ability to successfully accomplish the latter depends on how well the former is done.

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