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U. S. Navy Professional Library

Guides
The American Practical Navigator: Bowditch  
Ask the Chief: Backbone of the Navy
The Bluejacket's Manual, 24th Edition
Career Compass: Navigating the Navy's Officer Promotion and Assignment System
Chief Petty Officer's Guide
Command at Sea, 6th Edition  
Dictionary of Modern Strategy and Tactics
Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations
Dictionary of Naval Terms  
Dictionary of Military & Naval Quotations  
Division Officer's Guide- Eleventh Edition 
Dutton's Nautical Navigation, 15th Edition  
Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know 
Farwell's Rules of the Nautical Road, 8th Edition  
Modern Strategy  
NavCivGuide: A Handbook for Civilians in the United States Navy  
Naval Ceremonies, Customs, and Traditions, 6th Edition 
The Naval Institute Almanac of the U.S. Navy  
Naval Institute Guide to Naval Writing  
The Naval Officer's Guide, 12th Edition
Naval Shiphandler's Guide
Navy Eval and Fitrep Writing Guide  Ever changing formats but the phraseology is useful
Newly Commissioned Naval Officer's Guide  
Principles of Naval Engineering: Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems  
Principles of Naval Weapon Systems, 2nd Edition
The Professional Naval Officer: A Course to Steer By
Service Etiquette, 5th Edition  
Watch Officer's Guide: A Handbook for All Deck Watch Officers,  15th Ed
 
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.
The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War  One volume abridged version of above set.
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, 10th 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
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
U.S. Marine Guidebook 
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
 

Military Family

 
Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform 
Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families    
Medals Above My Heart: The Rewards Of Being A Military Wife   
Today's Military Wife: Meeting the Challenges of Service Life   
Separated By Duty, United In Love   
A Year of Absence: Six women's stories of courage, hope and love   
Homefires: War Through The Eyes Of A Military Wife   
Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul: Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit   
While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront  
U.S. Navy Alphabet Book (Children) 
 

Sea Service

  
Order of Battle : Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm
Gulf War Debriefing Book : An After Action Report
Jane's Fighting Ships, 2007-2008  Check used copies for big $ savings.
Jane's All the Worlds Aircraft, 2005-2006  Check for used copies, but verify the edition and print date.
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

 
Peter M. Bowers - Military aircraft
Donald 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 Schiena - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter history
Gordon Swanborough - Military aircraft