here is a lot to learn and remember in the military. From how to maintain your uniform and appearance, to following orders, and knowing when it’s appropriate to salute; there are many different aspects of military life. And with all these rules, it can be hard for new recruits to keep up. It’s no surprise that many people who enter the military come from non-military backgrounds. They have never been in a position where they have had to follow strict rules or join an organization with a set way of doing things. And while most people have a fairly easy time adapting, some do not. Here are some best books on military discipline that will help you learn about military discipline.
Best Books on Military Discipline: THE LIST
1. A Treatise of Military Discipline | By Humphrey Bland
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2. Obeying Orders | By Mark Osiel
A soldier obeys illegal orders, thinking them lawful. When should we excuse his misconduct as based on reasonable error? How can courts convincingly convict the soldier’s superior officer when, after Nuremberg, criminal orders are expressed through winks and nods, hints, and insinuations? Can our notions of the soldier’s “due obedience,” designed for the Roman legionnaire, be brought into closer harmony with current understandings of military conflict in the contemporary world? Mark J. Osiel answers these questions in light of new learning about atrocity and combat cohesion, as well as changes in warfare and the nature of the military conflict. Sources of atrocity are far more varied than current law assumes, and such variations display consistent patterns. The law now generally requires that soldiers resolve all doubts about the legality of a superior’s order in favor of obedience. It excuses compliance with an illegal order unless the illegality – as with flagrant atrocities – would be immediately obvious to anyone. But these criteria are often in conflict and at odds with the law’s underlying principles and policies. Combat and peace operations now depend more on tactical imagination, self-discipline, and loyalty to immediate comrades than on immediate, unreflective adherence to the letter of superiors’ orders, backed by the threat of formal punishment. The objective of military law is to encourage deliberative judgment. This can be done, Osiel suggests, in ways that enhance the accountability of our military forces, in both peace operations and more traditional conflicts, while maintaining their effectiveness. Osiel seeks to “civilianize” military law while building on soldiers’ own internal ideals of professional virtuousness. He returns to the ancient ideal of martial honor, reinterpreting it in light of new conditions, arguing that it should be implemented through realistic training in which legal counsel plays an enlarged role rather than by the threat of legal prosecution. Obeying Orders thus offers a compelling answer to the question that has most haunted the moral imagination of the late twentieth century: the roots – and restraint – of mass atrocity in war.
3. A Hand Book for Infantry | By William Duane
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4. The Perfection of Military Discipline | By Mark Shearwood
The book reevaluates both the plug bayonet as a weapon and its implementation which fundamentally changed how it impacted both the formation and tactics of all armies of the long seventeen century. The plug bayonets reputation was marred by General Hugh Mackay following his defeat at the Battle of Killiekrankie on the 27th July 1689 when he supposedly stated: ‘his men were defeated by an unforeseen technical flaw in their weaponry [plug bayonet]’. This view of the plug bayonet has been reiterated constantly over the following 300 years, with military historians sidelining the plug bayonet as a dead-end technology with little to commend it.
While the introduction of the bayonet was a monumental step in the development of infantry in infantry tactics from pike to shot, one chapter will look at some of the other important developments with military technology. It will look at the arguments of matchlock vs flintlock and how they developed, and the introduction of Chevaux de frise, etc. It will prove that, unlike some previous assertions, advancements within this sphere were not linier in nature. I will show that the adoption of the bayonet or the re-adoption of the pike were down to individual regimental colonel’s perception of these weapons, and in some cases the overall general in charge of specific operations.
The following chapter investigates the changes within infantry battalion drill’s and organization. How foot battalions went from up to one-third of all soldiers armed only with defensive weapons (the pike) to battalions fully armed with both offensive and defensive weapons, the musket with a bayonet. This development increased the firepower of anyone battalion by up to one third, a step which was a direct consequence of the introduction of the plug bayonet.
The book will show that the plug bayonet was not only in use with English forces during the Dunkirk campaign in the early 1660s, but the English establishment bought into the idea of the plug bayonet earlier than previously thought and placed large orders from the 1670s, with the Board of Ordnance ordering 10,000 plug bayonets in 1678. Additionally, it will show that contemporary privately printed drill manuals are a valuable and accurate tool for identifying changes in military drills. It will identify how issues of supply and demand affected both English and continental armies.
This is the first book whose primary focus is on the plug bayonet and its lasting impact on military tactics and equipment. The book will highlight that a piece of technology, which was derived from a civilian hunting weapon developed to hunt boars during the 16th century, that was still in use as such in Spain and Germany in the 19th century, transferred to an important piece of military equipment. As such, the plug bayonet was in use with the English army from c1660 until after 1700, being in use for over 40 years of service and as such does not deserve its reputation as a failure.
5. Navy Seal | By Antonius Houston
Suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regrets!
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- What it takes to be a Navy SEAL
- Training as well as obstacles that all Navy SEALs went through
- Leadership lessons from a Navy SEAL that you will learn from it
- The innate power of self-motivation that we can learn from a Navy SEAL to feel driven and filled with energy
- How to keep your motivation and discipline ongoing with this 1 principle
- And so much more!
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If you really want to become more self-disciplined and improve yourself, this book is definitely for you.
6. Military Aircraft | By Jim Winchester
7. Extreme Ownership | By Leif Babin
From Jocko Wilnick, the New York Times best-selling author of Discipline Equals Freedom and Leadership Strategy and Tactics, an updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special forces unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life. Now with an excerpt from the authors’ new book, THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP.
Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership―at every level―is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.
Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons of self-discipline, mental toughness and self-defense learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the U.S. and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields.
Since its release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the resilient mindset and total focus principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.
8. Evolving Military Justice
For decades, the debate has raged over whether the military justice system is foremost a tool to preserve discipline within the armed forces or a means of dispensing justice on a par with civilian criminal justice systems. From the dawn of American military law in 1775 through World War II, the answer was obvious: military justice was primarily a tool commander used to maintain discipline. In 1950, however, Congress enacted the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Through amendments over the past half-century, the American military justice system has evolved into what it is today: not quite a mirror image of the civilian federal criminal justice system, but vastly more fair than in the days of drumhead courts and the lash, according to the authors, both practicing attorneys and former military officers.
Their book scrutinizes the current military justice system, identifying its strengths and weaknesses and pointing the way toward further improvements. Included are essays are written about the American military justice system over the past decade by such notable authorities as Sam Nunn, former Senator from Georgia; Andrew S. Effron, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; and Brig. Gen. Jerry S.T. Pitzul, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces. Some defend military justice, while others are critical. The book then shifts its focus overseas to compare the U.S. system with those of several other common law countries. Designed to provoke thought about military justice among military justice practitioners and military line officers alike, the book is introduced with an essay by William K. Suter, Clerk of the U.S. Supreme court.
9. When Soldiers Quit | By Bruce Watson
After an introduction showing three examples of military disintegration, the author examines six historical occurrences in-depth: The India Mutiny of 1857; the 1917 French Army mutinies; the depredations following the British siege of San Sebastian, 1813; the surrender of the U.S. 106th Infantry Division in 1944; the Sand Creek Indian Massacre, 1864; and the My Lai massacre in 1968. The final chapter begins with a recapitulation of the four processes shown to be the foundations of disintegration―leadership failure, the collapse of the units’ internal primary groups, alienation, and desperation among the troops―and continues with an analysis of the crowd behaviors to which these processes give rise. The book ends with a brief discussion of the moral dilemma that disintegration imposes on military institutions
10. With Trumpet, Drum and Fife | By Mike Hall
With Trumpet, Drum and Fife’ is described as a ‘short treatise covering the rise and fall of military musical instruments on the battlefield’. Despite there being a plethora of books about military music, ‘With Trumpet, Drum and Fife’ stands out from the crowd in that it explores new areas of the world of military musical instruments. It is easy to read format and conciseness unwraps a depth and breadth of detail contained within. The chapters of the book guide you from the Ancient World through to the Restoration and up to the modern-day giving examples of the origins and developments of the instruments employed. The author gives unique and well-researched accounts of the role of drummers within the military environment. The text explores the historical context of land battles and the importance of signaling instruments used in times of conflict. The status and pecking order of musicians within the military and the unique development of Drummers’ uniforms are also detailed with the images contained within the book highlighting specific areas of interest.
Mike Hall’s personal knowledge and experiences of being a Senior Drum Major in the Coldstream Guards add polish and credulity to the content. Reading through the book you will uncover a mine of interesting information about the evolution of Drum and Fife duty and the historical roles of the Drum Major General and the Trumpet Major. The role of the Boy Drummer is discussed in relation to his importance on the battlefield and in the application of military discipline.
11. Self-Discipline | By John Winters
If you are reading these words right now, then it means you are not comfortable with your current life situation. Maybe you feel stuck or like you are not in control of your life?
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This is not just another generic guide on self-discipline. In this audiobook, you will learn about certain fundamental principles of self-discipline. You will also learn about things you didn’t think were related to self-discipline.
The truth is that if you want a lasting transformation that will shift your life in a new direction, then you need to change in all areas of life. This audiobook will change your way of thinking about yourself and the way you live your life. It will give you the tools to look at yourself and the world in a new way.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see inside:
- Why are you doing this? Why are you listening to this audiobook?
- The difference between conventional discipline and self-discipline
- The important principle of cause and effect and how it controls everything you do
- Learn about a powerful Japanese success philosophy and way of life
- How to manage yourself
- Take a detailed look at how elite athletes and other professionals manage their minds
- How to improve the way your body functions
- Why sacrifice is a key to your success
- How to build mental toughness
- How to create a laser focus in your life
- And much, much more
12. Can’t Hurt Me | By David Goggins
For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America.
In Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.
An annotated edition of Can’t Hurt Me, offering over two hours of bonus content featuring deeper insights and never-before-told stories shared by David. Not available in other formats.
13. Discipline Equals Freedom | By Jocko Willink
In this expanded edition of the 2017 mega-bestseller, updated with brand new sections like DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, SUGAR COATED LIES and DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH WEAKNESS, readers will discover new ways to become stronger, smarter, and healthier.
Jocko Willink’s methods for success were born in the SEAL Teams, where he spent most of his adult life, enlisting after high school and rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war in Iraq. In Discipline Equals Freedom, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Extreme Ownership describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life.
Many books offer advice on how to overcome obstacles and reach your goals–but that advice often misses the most critical ingredient: discipline. Without discipline, there will be no real progress. Discipline Equals Freedom covers it all, including strategies and tactics for conquering weakness, procrastination, and fear, and specific physical training presented in workouts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes, and even the best sleep habits and food intake recommended to optimize performance.
14. Roman Military Service | By Sara Elise Phang
In this book, Sara Phang explores the ideals and realities of Roman military discipline, which regulated the behavior of soldiers in combat and their punishment, as well as economic aspects of their service, including compensation and other benefits, work, and consumption. This thematically organized study analyzes these aspects of the discipline, using both literary and documentary sources. Phang emphasizes social and cultural conflicts in the Roman army. Contrary to the impression that Roman emperors “bought” their soldiers and indulged them, discipline restrained such behavior and legitimized and stabilized the imperial power. Phang argues that emperors and aristocratic commanders gained prestige from imposing discipline while displaying leadership in person and a willingness to compromise with a restive soldiery.
15. Harrier 809 | By Rowland White
When the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentina in April 1982, Britain’s immediate response was to send a task force. But behind the pomp and bravado of its departure, a sober reality lurked. A mere 20 Sea Harriers operating from two aircraft carriers would take on the might of the Argentine air force, some 200 planes strong. The MOD estimated that within four days and against such formidable airpower, half the harriers would likely be lost.
To reinforce that meager force, and in just three weeks, the Navy formed, trained, and equipped a brand new squadron from scratch. Not since the Second World War had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots. Their home would be a container ship converted into a makeshift carrier. 809 Naval Air Squadron was born.
Other covert operations mounted by MI6 and the SAS in Latin America would provide vital intelligence to protect the task force from attack but in the vanguard of the conflict, it would be the Sea Harriers of the 809 whose heroics in the South Atlantic which would become legendary.
With characteristic insider knowledge and in thrilling detail, Rowland White tells the story of those amazing exploits – the dogfights, the twenty-three kills, the deadly Exocet attacks, the ejections –demonstrating just why the Harrier is mentioned in the same breath as the Spitfire, the Lancaster, and the Vulcan and is destined to join them in the ranks of our most celebrated aeronautical achievements.
17. Three Books on the Law of War | By Balthazar Ayala
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, the Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926, brings together foreign, comparative, and international titles in a single resource. Its International Law component features works of some of the great legal theorists, including Gentili, Grotius, Selden, Zouche, Pufendorf, Bijnkershoek, Wolff, Vattel, Martens, Mackintosh, Wheaton, among others. The materials in this archive are drawn from three world-class American law libraries: the Yale Law Library, the George Washington University Law Library, and the Columbia Law Library.
Now for the first time, these high-quality digital scans of original works are available via print-on-demand, making them readily accessible to libraries, students, independent scholars, and readers of all ages.
18. Baring the Iron Hand | By Steven Ramold
During antebellum wars, the Regular Army preserved the peace, suppressed the Indians, and bore the brunt of the fighting. The Civil War, however, brought an influx of volunteers who overwhelmed the number of army Regulars, forcing a clash between traditional military discipline and the expectations of citizens. Baring the Iron Hand provides an extraordinarily in-depth examination of this internal conflict and the issue of discipline in the Union Army. Ramold tells the story of the volunteers, who, unaccustomed to such military necessities as obeying officers, accepting punishment, and suppressing individuality, rebelled at the traditional discipline expected by the standing army. Unwilling to fully surrender their perceived rights as American citizens, soldiers both openly and covertly defied the rules. They challenged the right of their officers to lead them and established their own policies on military offenses, proper conduct, and battlefield behavior. Citizen soldiers also denied the army the right to punish them for offenses like desertion, insubordination, and mutiny that had no counterpart in civilian life.
Ramold demonstrates that the clash between Regulars and volunteers caused a reinterpretation of the traditional expectations of the discipline. The officers of the Regular Army had to contend with independent-minded soldiers who resisted the spit-and-polish discipline that made the army so efficient but also alienated the volunteers’ sense of individuality and manhood. Unable to prosecute the vast number of soldiers who committed offenses, professional officers reached a form of populist accommodation with their volunteer soldiers. Unable to eradicate or prevent certain offenses, the army tried simply to manage them or to just ignore them. Instead of applying traditionally harsh punishments for specific crimes as they had done in the antebellum period, the army instead mollified its men by extending amnesty, modifying sentences, and granting liberal leniency to many soldiers who otherwise deserved the harshest of penalties. Ramold’s fascinating look into the lives of these misbehaving soldiers will interest both Civil War historians and enthusiasts.
Final Thoughts on the Best Books on Military Discipline
Military discipline is an important factor in any military. Discipline ensures that soldiers are able to follow orders and behave themselves on the battlefield, so it’s no surprise that military leaders have spent centuries trying to perfect their methods. But how do you choose one over the other? Military discipline is often a complicated topic with many different views on what works best. There are many different types of discipline that can be used in the military, but some are more effective than others at achieving your goals. What type of discipline do you need? Start learning today about which books are most helpful for your needs!
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