• Short Summary

    THE FIRST 1,500 SOUTH VIETNAMESE WOMEN OFFICERS - WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY AMERICAN INSTRUCTORS, SINCE LAST NOVEMBER TO FORM THE NUCLEUS OF AN ENVISAGED PARAMILITARY CORPS OF 500,000 WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS - RECEIVED FULL RANK AND COLOURS FROM PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM AND MADAME NGO DINH KHU IN A PASSING-OUT CEREMONY AT SAIGON, JAN 26.

  • Description

    THE FIRST 1,500 SOUTH VIETNAMESE WOMEN OFFICERS - WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY AMERICAN INSTRUCTORS, SINCE LAST NOVEMBER TO FORM THE NUCLEUS OF AN ENVISAGED PARAMILITARY CORPS OF 500,000 WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS - RECEIVED FULL RANK AND COLOURS FROM PRESIDENT NGO DINH DIEM AND MADAME NGO DINH KHU IN A PASSING-OUT CEREMONY AT SAIGON, JAN 26.

    PROVIDING FOR EXACTING COURSES IN THE USE OF SMALL ARMS AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, CLOSE COMBAT AND JUNGLE STRATEGY, THE TRAINING SCHEME IS BASED ON A BILL INTRODUCED IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LAST OCTOBER BY MADAME NHU, SISTER-IN-LAW OF THE PRESIDENT, AND "FIRST LADY" OF SOUTH VIETNAM. MADAME NHU HAS ALREADY DONE A GREAT DEAL TOWARDS EMANCIPATING THE WOMEN OF HER COUNTRY. THROUGH A "FAMILY CODE" WHICH BECAME LAW IN 1959, SHE ABOLISHED POLYGAMY AND CONCUBINAGE, AND CONCURRENTLY WITH THE PARAMILITARY TRAINING BILL SHE PRESSED FOR THE ABOLITION OF PROSTITUTION AND NIGHT-CLUB HOSTESSES.

    MADAME NHU'S EFFORTS TO MAKE WOMEN PARTICIPATE IN THE DEFENCE OF THEIR COUNTRY COINCIDED WITH THE DECLARATION, LAST OCTOBER, OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM TO MEET THE VIET CONG INSURGENTS' THREAT TO THE REPUBLIC. WOMEN IN ARMS ARE NOT AS STRANGE FOR SOUTH VIETNAM AS WESTERN OBSERVERS MIGHT THINK. THE TRADITION GOES BACK TO THE FIRST CENTURY AD, WHEN THE TRUNG SISTERS, THE DAUGHTERS OF A MANDARIN WHO ARE NOW COMMEMORATED IN AN ANNUAL NATIONAL FESTIVAL, FOUGHT IN THEIR FATHERS' ARMY.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE WOMEN OFFICERS WHO GRADUATED JAN 26 WILL NOW RETURN TO THEIR TOWNS AND VILLAGES TO TRAIN OTHER WOMEN IN ANTI-GUERILLA TACTICS. THE PARAMILITARY UNITS WILL BE USED TO WARD OFF INSURGENT ATTACKS IN THE ABSENCE OF REGULAR TROOPS, THUS FREEING VALUABLE MANPOWER FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SO FAR, ABOUT FOUR-FIFTHS OF PRESIDENT DIEM'S ARMY OF 170,000 HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN GUARDING THE PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR LACK OF AN ALTERNATIVE THE PROVINCIAL AUTHORITIES HAVE TENDED TO CLING TO THE TROOPS ALLOTTED TO THEM, THEREBY IMMOBILISING MOST OF SOUTH VIETNAM'S DEFENCE POTENTIAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABB5Q6Y7NAA3I18KE7BI5L4D5X
    Media URN:
    VLVABB5Q6Y7NAA3I18KE7BI5L4D5X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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