Intro to the Army Professional Reading Programme

Develop your professional reading capability
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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This course introduces the 'why', 'what' and 'how' of professional military reading. The course outlines why professional reading is important to your career development and gives valuable pointers to help you get the most from the time you invest in reading. The course also provides guidance on what to read; not only some key texts recommended by your peers globally, but also valuable online journals, magazines and blogs that are worthy of your attention. The course finishes by introducing the 'Army Professional Reading Programme' (APRP) and its key features, and provides an introduction to ten books from the past that still provide valuable instruction and entertainment to military audiences to this day. Enjoy!

What are the requirements?

  • Engage with The Hub and follow the APRP Groups

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use the New Zealand Army Professional Reading Programme
  • Develop a professional reading plan
  • Find contemporary and historical sources of military knowledge
  • Appreciate the contemporary relevance of ten texts from the past

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for New Zealand Army and NZDF personnel interested in developing their military knowledge
  • Other military professionals might find this course of interest

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Section 1: Intro to the Army Professional Reading Programme

This lecture outlines the key benefits of lifelong professional reading.


This lecture makes key points on:

  • Being selective on what you read
  • Authoritative sources of information on what to read
  • Ways of supplementing your reading through online journals, blogs and the treasure trove that is YouTube.

This lecture discusses:

  • How to make time to read
  • How to 'break' a book
  • How to keep a professional journal
  • Tips on getting started
  • Cautionary notes on who and what you read.

This lecture introduces the features of the NZAPRP and sets four key challenges to help you get started.

4 questions

What are the key points to take away from this short course?

Section 2: Ten Great Reads from the Past that Keep on Giving

This final lecture highlights ten texts from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century that still have valuable lessons for our professional development.

We have chosen the texts for their readability and relevance for a modern audience, and their ready availability in copyright-free online editions and in print.

Part One seeks to help you understand the context and relevance of five military texts from the pre-industrial era and note some choice quotes from them.


Part Two seeks to help you understand the context and relevance of five military texts from the Industrial era and note some choice quotes from them.

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Instructor Biography

Dr Emmet McElhatton, Professional and business development specialist

Emmet has a broad background in business, government and academia. Emmet is a company director and consultant in the professional development space, and manages government-to-government knowledge partnerships projects in South East Asia and the Arabian Gulf.

Emmet's business background is in media, retail and education, and his academic interests are in leadership, vocational education, strategy and military studies.

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