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  1. Jason Howk
    February 11, 2018 @ 7:17 am

    Great tips. At the SoPines DEF I thought about when my GO bosses found time. We can all use them. Eikenberry:quiet and deep thinking and writing in our vehicle during 7-8 Kabul commutes per day. McChrystal: Audio book on daily runs and read hard copy constantly during travel. Lamb: would go find a spot in the sun and reflect for an hour daily, then come fill his white board with questions or possible solutions for the team.


  2. Franklin Annis
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:10 am

    You should consider reading the Transcendentalists. While I do enjoy the Stoics, I believe that Transcendentalism did far more to shape the United States military. I would suggestion reading Emerson’s Self-Reliance. To come to a better understanding of how Transcendentalists impacted the U.S. Army, I would suggest the book Army Life in a Black Regiment by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (both of these works are available as free audiobooks on

    While I do agree with the underlying thought that we all have “time” to develop ourselves through self-development, I would strongly disagree that time is an effective measure of learning. What and how we are reading or researching is just, if not more important, than the time spent in the activity. Here are my suggestions to get more out of reading for military self-development:


  3. Chase Spears
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    Great advice Joe. I have found a lot of wisdom reading through Scammel’s biography of Alex Solzhenitsyn in the mornings. Mark Twain’s sentiment that history rhymes is correct.


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