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    The men of Rhodesia's army are not the only ones who could face combat with African guerrillas in the future.

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    The men of Rhodesia's army are not the only ones who could face combat with African guerrillas in the future.
    The women who are training in the army could also go into combat.
    Although the women's main roles are in support work such as clerical work, administration and flight controlling, they have all been trained in fighting.
    The Rhodesian army has less than 5,000 members, 3,000 of them black. However, national reservists, known as territorials, can lift the strength of the army to about 20,000 at any one time if necessary.
    The majority of territorials are white, so that the total numbers are evenly divided between black and white. But at this stage all the officers are white.
    Despite its small size the army is said to be good, with some military experts claiming it is the best counter-insurgency force in the world.
    The army's training programme is intensive with the first priority being on physical fitness.
    SYNOPSIS: The Rhodesian army training for action which may come at any time. Its training programme is intensive with the primary accent on physical fitness. The regular army is quite small with only 5,000 members, of which 3,000 are black. However, it can be boosted with large numbers of national reservists known in Rhodesia as territorials. These can swell the army to 20,000 men, evenly divided between black and white.
    However, at this stage all of the army's officers are white. Rhodesia currently spends about 38 million pounds on defence. This represents about 16 per cent of the country's national budget. The Finance Minister, Mr. David Smith, said the guerrilla war was a drain on the country's manpower resources, and during the year greater effort would be required not only from men in uniform.
    Rhodesia's men aren't the only ones who could be involved in future fighting. Women who have enlisted in the army could also be involved in combat.
    Although the women are mainly involved in support roles such as administration or flight controlling, they have all been trained in fighting. The closure of the border between Rhodesia and Mozambique has heightened the tension.
    And both men and women are being trained to face the possible guerrilla threats from across the border.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACZ4IJJH8P879KUZ3VVJX6H9WC
    Media URN:
    VLVACZ4IJJH8P879KUZ3VVJX6H9WC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
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    N/A

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