Members of the U.S. Army's Fifth Special Forces Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina have moved?
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NOTE TO EDITORS: This story was filmed between 8 and 18 November at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Ft. Bragg, N. C. and the surrounding communities.
NOTE TO EDITORS: This story was filmed between 8 and 18 November at Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Bragg, N. C. and the surrounding communities.
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Background: Members of the U.S. Army's Fifth Special Forces Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina have moved into underdeveloped areas and have begun to build roads and bridges, set up dental and medical clinics, drilling wells, improving homes and schools and providing numerous other services for the inhabitants. But instead of conducting these operations in the jungles of Southeast Asia or Central and South America, they are operating here in the United States under the Department of the Army's Domestic Action Program.
The Domestic Action Program is designed to utilize military resources, in cooperation with local government and civic organizations, in an effort to overcome domestic problems and contribute to the overall constructive development of society in civilian communities.
The program is divided into four broad areas: Education and Recreation, Health and Sanitation, Public Administration, and Community Development and Social Welfare.
Guided, but not limited by the above, the Green Berets in Anson and Hoke Counties, North Carolina have provided medical examination and inoculations for school children. They have repaired homes and schools, improved sewage systems, provided teacher assistants for overcrowded classrooms and trained local policemen. This film shows the members of the 5th SFG making repairs on a home for boys in De Funiak Springs, Florida, clearing beaches at a children's camp near Eglin AFB, repairing cabins at a Boy Scout Camp near Ft. Bragg and providing recreation and physical training for retarded children from Morgantown, N. C.
Although this film deals exclusively with the Green Berets operating in South-eastern United States, the Army's Domestic Action Program is broad-based, made up of military men and their families providing support to underdeveloped and impoverished communities across the country.