Young men have been volunteering to serve in the North Vietnamese Army at recruiting centres in towns surrounding Hanoi, as shown in this official film from North Vietnam.
LV & CU Recruiting posters in Hanoi with young men looking at them (4 shots)
LV & CU Young men applaud as one volunteer takes oath (near Hanoi) (3 shots)
CU & SV Girls applaud as young man receives badge and bouquet (4 shots)
SV & CU Volunteers (3 shots)
SV Girls applaud
CU Army poster
SCU Volunteers registering and walking out together (2 shots)
Initials BB/0100 JH/MR/BB/0115
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Background: Young men have been volunteering to serve in the North Vietnamese Army at recruiting centres in towns surrounding Hanoi, as shown in this official film from North Vietnam. In hanoi itself, recruiting posters dot the streets, exhorting men to serve their country.
Among the posters in the North Vietnamese capital is one which praises a South Vietnamese soldier who had fought against the Saigon Government.
At the Hai Ba Trung district office, 160 young men recently volunteered for service in the North Vietnamese armed forces. And while there, friends, among them a number of girls, cheered and applauded the new recruits' actions. One young man was given a badge by the district recruiting officer.
Three hundred students volunteered for service at a school at Tran Troung-Su Pham, about 11 Miles (17 kms) west of Hanoi. Ten instructors from the school also volunteered for duty. There are about 3,000 students in the school and approximately 10 per cent had volunteered.
Thousands of other students have also reportedly registered at schools elsewhere in North Vietnam.
It's said the new recruits will first be given medical examinations and then undergo three-day political and suitability screenings to see if they are fully fit for military service. The recruits will then be sent to local training centres for military drills and political training. Then, when they've completed their basic training,the soldiers will be sent to local units when they're needed.