Small Wars Journal

FM 3-24 available in hard copy

Tue, 05/08/2007 - 10:40pm

FM 3-24, the new Army/Marine Corps Field Manual, was released on December 15th. It was downloaded more than 1.5 million times in the first month after its posting to the Fort Leavenworth and Marine Corps websites and was widely reviewed, including by several Jihadi websites; copies have been found in Taliban training camps in Pakistan.

It is now for the first time available in hard copy from the University of Chicago Press. This version includes a short new Foreword by an undistinguished member of the writing team and a brilliant introduction by Sarah Sewall of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, which sponsored the now-famous vetting conference at Leavenworth in February 2006. Released with a cover price of $15, it is heavily discounted on the web. Best of all, the University of Chicago Press donates a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports America's military families.

As General Petraeus said, "Surely a manual that's on the bedside table of the president, vice president, secretary of defense, 21 of 25 members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and many others deserves a place at your bedside too!"


Katrina (not verified)

Mon, 06/18/2007 - 7:12pm

K-State/Gov. Docs was lucky enough to get this in hard copy right away straight from the source ;) We are spoiled being so close to Ft. Filey---and we really do appreciate it--those PDF's are not as patron-friendly when the pages become volumes! I know we try and still get hard copy of items even when GPO is pushing for online only...librarians will say there is just something more when you can hold the piece complete in your hands....and already bound--a treat ;)

Awesome work!

Claymore (not verified)

Fri, 05/11/2007 - 2:01pm

What about a hard copy version of The COIN Reader? Another Volume?

@thepointyend (not verified)

Wed, 05/09/2007 - 1:50pm

On order. I too have the three-ring binder, but won't want to be humping that around down range.


Thanks for the heads-up. My current hard-copy is in a three-ring binder - going to order this version today.

Dave D.