Black recruits are being trained in Salisbury to enter the white-led special Police Support Unit.?
MVs Black African recruits training with weapons in Rhodesia (4 shots)
MVs Recruits in drill training (5 shots)
SV TILT UP TO Recruits marching in full battle dress
MV Recruits undergoing training on exercise field
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Background: Black recruits are being trained in Salisbury to enter the white-led special Police Support Unit. The unit is made up of police constables who have volunteered for two years "special service".
SYNOPSIS: The recruits are trained as soldiers. They'll eventually have a role in anti-terrorist fighting--serving as a back up force for the regular army.
The Rhodesian Army's main problem is a shortage of manpower. Already army reservists are being called up for long periods of service, with subsequent harmful effects on the country's economy. Increased recruiting for the Police Support Unit is seen as the answer to this.
The army is looking to the black recruit to bridge the manpower gap. Of the 55,000 men under arms in Rhodesian, blacks already outnumber whites by two to one. All black recruits are volunteers who joined service units--like the Police Support group--despite threats from guerrillas that reprisals would be taken after majority rule is granted.
Basically, the incentives for recruits like these are regular pay, regular food and accommodation.
All those questioned said the threats against them didn't particularly worry them. They said that what happens to them when majority rule comes is a matter of fate.