Every home library should have a copy of the The Pill Book to act as a one source information guide to the most commonly prescribed drugs. The Pill Book provides readers concise narrative to answer key questions you may have about the medications your doctor prescribes to include: generic and brand-name listings that can help you save money; what each drug is for, and how it works; usual dosages; side effects and possible adverse reactions, highlighted for quick reference; interactions with other drugs and food; and 32 pages of actual-size color photographs of prescription pills. Be prepared by better understanding the medicines you and others take!
A key addition to your library is a CD/DVD that contains Firearm's technical manuals and gunsmithing instruction. Most of these CDs include over 1700 firearm manuals that cover all modern, curio and antique weapons. The CDs sell individually for under $10 on most of the online auction sites and can be found by typing "gun manual CD" or "gunsmithing CD" into the auction site's search tool. The convenience of having access to this information without conducting internet searches is not only a great investment for easy access, but also for your professional development. Start building your digital library today!
John Grit's book Feathers on the Wings of Love and Hate II: Call Me Timucua is a primer for how to implement small unit tactics and small unit planning that is essential for an insurgency to defeat a conventional military force. Grit's insight in to time tested small unit military doctrine while embedded within a strong storyline allows the reader to learn tactics while enjoying a great story. Detailed information on force protection, conduct of raids, ambush emplacement, communication in a tactical environment, long range marksmanship, logistics support and a wide range of insurgency tactics make this book a must read for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of small unit operations. This book also provides a refresher course on leadership, individual responsibility and constitutional history that emphasizes the principles which make this nation great. Buy this book for your professional library.
The following list of FMs (Field Manuals) and STPs (Soldier Training Publications) are a must for your personal library and for organizational trainers. All the references mentioned are approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited, so they are downloadable for free as a PDF at the Army's Publishing Agency website. Designate one individual as your organization's Trainer and assign them the responsibility to maintain the most current copy of the reference material for your organization's library. The individual designated as the Trainer should be the only team member to download reference material so websites are not burdened with multiple individuals downloading material. Another function of having one individual as a single point of contact for training material is to ensure revision control, in order for the organization to have the most recent versions of documents in a central location. As any trainer knows, most people become overwhelmed with too much information and must manage the amount of information pushed to subordinates in manageable pieces that are most critical to the unit's mission. Smaller pieces of information is also essential for better learning and retention. Trainers must continually single out the most critical information and what is most important to the organization.
Training Reference List:
FM 3-06 Urban Operations
FM 21-60 Visual Signals
FM 3-21.8 The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad
FM 3-21.10 The Infantry Rifle Company
FM 3-21.75 The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills
FM 3-22.9 Rifle Marksmanship
FM 3-23.35 Pistol Marksmanship
FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency
FM 3-24.2 Tactics In Counterinsurgency
FM 3-97.6 Mountain Operations
FM 4-25.11 First Aid
FM 4-25.12 Unit Field Sanitation Team
FM 6-22 Army Leadership
FM 7-22 Army Physical ReadinessTraining
FM 90-3 Desert Operations
FM 90-5 Jungle Operations
STP 21-1-SMTP Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1
STP 1-24-SMTP Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Leader Skills Level 2, 3, and 4
FM 3-24.2 Tactics In Counterinsurgency provides the following Counterinsurgency (COIN) definition,"COIN involves all political, economic, military, paramilitary, psychological, and civic actions that can be taken by a government to defeat an insurgency. COIN operations include supporting a Host Nation’s military, paramilitary, political, economic, psychological, and civic actions taken to defeat an insurgency. Avoiding the creation of new insurgents and forcing existing insurgents to end their participation is vital to defeating an insurgency. COIN operations often include security assistance programs such as foreign military sales programs, the foreign military financing program, and international military training and education programs. Counterguerrilla operations, on the other hand, focus on detecting and defeating the armed insurgent or guerrilla, without solving the society’s underlying problems. Military efforts alone, however, cannot defeat an insurgency."
FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency provides the following additional insight into what drives COIN operations, “Political power is the central issue in insurgencies and counterinsurgencies; each side aims to get the people to accept its governance or authority as legitimate. Insurgents use all available tools—political (including diplomatic), informational (including appeals to religious, ethnic, or ideological beliefs), military, and economic--to overthrow the existing authority. Counterinsurgents, in turn, use all instruments of national power to sustain the established or emerging government and reduce the likelihood of another crisis emerging. Long-term success in COIN depends on the people taking charge of their own affairs and consenting to the government’s rule. Achieving this condition requires the government to eliminate as many causes of the insurgency as feasible. This can include eliminating those extremists whose beliefs prevent them from ever reconciling with the government. Over time, counterinsurgents aim to enable a country or regime to provide the security and rule of law that allow establishment of social services and growth of economic activity. COIN thus involves the application of national power in the political, military, economic, social, information, and infrastructure fields and disciplines. Political and military leaders and planners should never underestimate its scale and complexity; moreover, they should recognize that the Armed Forces cannot succeed in COIN alone.”
FM 3-24.2 Tactics In Counterinsurgency dated April 2009 provides the following definition for an Insurgency, "This is an organized movement aimed at the overthrow of a constituted government through use of subversion and armed conflict. The key distinction between an insurgency and other movements is the decision to use violence to achieve political goals. An insurgency is typically an internal struggle within a state, not between states. It is normally a protracted political and military struggle designed to weaken the existing government’s power, control, and legitimacy, while increasing the insurgency’s power, control, and legitimacy." For those that want to better understand what an insurgency is they need to reference FM 3-24.2, which is the leading doctrinal reference for defining how insurgencies operate, how counterinsurgency (COIN) operations are conducted, and how to employ tactics to mitigate the operational environment necessary for an insurgency to thrive. FM 3-24.2 is a culmination of two centuries of counterinsurgency operations from the Whiskey Rebellion in the eastern United States, the Native Americans on the western plains of the United States, the Boxer Rebellion in China, Pancho Villa in Mexico, Augusto Sandino in Nicaragua, the Viet Cong in Vietnam and current counterinsurgency operations being conducted globally. This field manual also provides both the novice and the scholar the key information on how the following influences define today's operational environment which is creating the setting for insurgencies to be the standard warfare for the foreseeable future: population explosion, urbanization, globalization, technology, religious fundamentalism, resource demand, climate change and natural disasters, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This field manual is a must for your personal library and can found for free on the Army's Publishing Agency website.
All households should maintain a recent Medical Reference manual in their home library for home treatment and for detailed explanation for sickness. I purchased the Merck Manual of Medical Information several years ago and refer to it often. This manual is tailored to non healthcare professionals and provides most of the main concepts physicians use when treating patients. The 2nd Edition includes information from the warning signs of cancer to biological warfare and terrorism. I've included a link for the manual in this site's Book and DVD tab. The source for the attached picture is Amazon.com.
When planning training events organizers must focus individual training on a wide range of basic soldier competencies that include medical, communications, land navigation, and movement tasks that are the building blocks for all tactical operations. Too often individuals focus heavily on live fire range activities and forget the most fundamental skills that are the basis for preparedness and successful operations in a field environment. Trainers should always allocate a portion of training time to review and practice basic skills, no matter what their peer experience level is. To assist with identifying key activities for training use the tasks outlined in the Army's STP 21-1-SMCT Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1. There is no need to purchase this manual due to its approval for public release and distribution unlimited designation. The manual can be found for free by typing Army Publishing Directorate in any search engine and downloading the manual as a PDF file. Everyone should keep both an electronic and hard copy of this essential manual in their resource library.