• Short Summary

    A COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY FORCE WHICH THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HOPES WILL CONVERT THE INHABITANTS OF VIET CONG CONTROLLED VILLAGES IS UNDERGOING TRAINING AT A SPECIAL CAMP NEAR THE COAST SOUTH OF SAIGON.

  • Description

    A COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY FORCE WHICH THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HOPES WILL CONVERT THE INHABITANTS OF VIET CONG CONTROLLED VILLAGES IS UNDERGOING TRAINING AT A SPECIAL CAMP NEAR THE COAST SOUTH OF SAIGON. KNOWN AS THE "REVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT CADRE", 3,200 MEN AND WOMEN ARE RECEIVING THE TRAINING BEFORE BEING SENT OUT INTO THE FIELD.

    THE THEORY BEHIND THE SCHEME IS THAT IN TEAMS OF 59 THE FORCES WILL LIVE WITH THE PEOPLE, HELP THEM AND WIN THEM BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT SIDE. THERE ARE ALREADY 4,500 CADRE TRAINED AND OPERATIONAL.

    THE CADRES ARE DRESSED IN THE BLACK PYJAMA UNIFORMS USUALLY WORN BY THE VIET CONG AND ARE SIMILARLY ARMED - WITH RIFLES AND CARBINES. AT THE TRAINING SCHOOL THEY GET A GROUNDING IN THE MILITARY BASICS OF SALUTING, ARMS DRILL, AND WEAPON TRAINING. THEY ALSO HAVE TO LEARN AN 11 POINT FORMULA FOR VICTORY, AND THE 98 WAYS OF PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE.

    THATCHED HUTS GIVE THE TRAINING AREA SOMETHING OF A ATMOSPHERE, BUT IT IS NO HOLIDAY FOR THE TRAINEES. THEY ARE PAID ONLY GBP10 STERLING A MONTH AND ONCE THEY SIGN ON THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

    A SENIOR OFFICER AT THE CAMP, NGUYEN VAN CHAU, WAS ASKED ABOUT THE AIMS OF THE CADRE. HE WAS ASKED:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA59VL52AMNP00CES92Y8P3VTPJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA59VL52AMNP00CES92Y8P3VTPJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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