Potential Officer-Reading List

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This has been done so many times...

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These are a few I'm trying to get through. All good so far.

The British Officer
Leading the Army from 1660 to the present
Anthony Clayton

Inspiring Leadership: Learning from Great Leaders

Soldier: The Autobiography
by General Sir Mike Jackson

And of course....The 101 page book that is: http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/p=2251037.html#2251037
For goodness sake, do not model yourself on the author of "Bugles and a Tiger." (unsure about the naming and shaming policy when it comes to authors).

When I read it as a civvy prior to RMAS I thought he was a very swept up chap; especailly during his times in HQs before the war. I now work in an HQ and realise that he was a remorseless thruster. Going on like that is a very effective way of alienating your platoon from the word go!
"On the Psychology of Military Incompetence" Norman F. Dixon ISBN-13: 978-0712658898
"Basic Map Reading" Keith Gillard ISBN-13: 978-0582036871 :twisted:

The McAuslan series by George McDonald-Frasier
I would have a read of "Mud, Blood & Poppycock" by Gordon Corrigan...

I accept that he does not have all his facts right, and that it is a bit of a rant, however it does give a more informed military view of WW1 and the practicalities of the situation...

(also a good starting position for an essay..)
Quartered Safe out here - George MacDonald Fraser. Memoirs of the Burma campaign as a private soldier/lance-jack before he commissioned into the Gordons. A brilliant book. I'll also second the McAuslan books he wrote.
The best book I have ever read on leadership is:

About Face by Col. David Hackworth (US)

The US's most decorated soldier, commisioned from the ranks and ended up leaving because he felt the Gov't and Army were selling their soldiers short. It is an absolute must.
"Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command" by S.L.A. Marshall great book that proves the Septics have always been pants, in seriousness it is a very good book.
The best one i read was

"how to polish boots, do drill not look hung-over on parade"

a good read, although i picked the gist of it when i got there
How has no-body mentioned Sidney Jary, "18 Platoon"?

Don't rush out to buy it though - you get issued it in week 1 at Sandhurst.
-Microsoft® Office Specialist Study Guide Office 2003 Edition - ISBN-10: 0735621101

-The Change Management Pocket Guide - ISBN-10: 0976735903

-Beyond AA : Dealing Responsibly With Alcohol - ISBN-10: 0963029290

-Is That All There Is?: Balancing Expectation and Disappointment in Your Life - ISBN-10: 1886230137

-What Would Machiavelli Do? The Ends Justify the Meanness - ISBN-10: 0066620104

-Living Well on a Shoestring : 1,821 Ways to Live Frugally, Efficiently and Masterfully - ASIN: B000HH8MOM

-Gun-Dog Training: Spaniels and Retrievers (Gun Dog Training) (Hardcover)

-Coach Yourself To A New Career: A Guide For Discovering Your Ultimate Profession - ISBN-10: 0595296580

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