In the Khmer Republic, a country which has lived close to and with war for as long as the Indochina struggle itself, everyone knows the meaning of battle.
GV of training ground
The boys receive jungle warfare training (8 shots)
The boys marching (5 shots)
The boys receive physical training (7 shots)
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, a country which has lived close to and with war for as long as the Indochina struggle itself, everyone knows the meaning of battle.
More than two years age, young soldiers fighting with government troops often featured in news reports. They were distinctive for their ages, and for their combat records.
Nowadays,more young children are receiving basic military training in preparation for what observers speculate could be a long war.
In a camp outside Phnom Penh, professional instructors demonstrate the techniques of camouflage to young boys -- some of them as young as six and seven.
Peaceful school games are forgotten in the rush to instruct the boys in jungle survival, military marching and command.
There has been no significant move since the beginning of the current Khmer offensive to beef up the youth training centres, but to some observers, the programmes denote a determination to have the young soldiers ready for military service as soon as they come of age.