<p>Are any of you guys going to read anything before you go? I've found some really good stuff, both at the bookstore and online. I know we have a long time to go, but I want to start prepping now. I'm an overachiever, but I want to be the best in my profession possible. There's so much information out there that I could never learn it all. But why not get started now?</p>
<p>-<a href="http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/">http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/</a> : This website has EVERYTHING anyone could EVER want to know about ANYTHING in the Army. And I do mean everything. This is for the most part definitely not stuff we'd have to know the first year (or at least I'd think).
-<a href="http://www.west-point.org/academy/malo-wa/inspirations/buglenotes.html">http://www.west-point.org/academy/malo-wa/inspirations/buglenotes.html</a> (a good portion of Bugle Notes)
-<a href="http://www.west-point.org/parent/parent-forum/cbtfaqs.html">http://www.west-point.org/parent/parent-forum/cbtfaqs.html</a> (Answered almost all the questions I had about R-Day)
-<a href="http://www.west-point.org/academy/malo-wa/inspirations/GradAdvice1.html">http://www.west-point.org/academy/malo-wa/inspirations/GradAdvice1.html</a> (advice on boots and that kind of thing)</p>
-Small Unit Leadership : A Commonsense Approach
-The Combat Leader's Field Guide
-The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual
-The U.S. Army Survival Manual (this is a cool book. I've had it for a long time. Go out and hike in the woods for a day and see if you can do any of the stuff. I had a blast.)
-Department of the Army Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks (I think they actually use this at WP).
-Once an Eagle: This is on the top of the recommended reading list from the 'Dant.
-The US Army Combat Skills Handbook
-On Killing (this is a book about the psychology of soldiers in combat. I just started reading it.)
-On Guerilla Warfare (written by Mao Tse-Tung)
-The Art of War (Sun-Tzu)
-The Art of War (Machiavelli)
-Then there are the obvious: Absolutely American, and Duty First. </p>
<p>There's a ton more, but that's what I've got so far. I've already ordered several of these books, and I plan to read them as R-Day approaches. Laugh at me if you want, but I want to be ready if I end up going (which I probably will, if I get a nomination)</p>