South Vietnam's Civilian Self Defence Service (C.S.D.S.), established by the government in 1968 following the?
South Vietnam's Civilian Self Defence Service (C.S.D.S.), established by the government in 1968 following the communist offensive, marked its fifth anniversary with a big parade at the cong Hoa stadium in Saigon on Sunday (August 5).
Guests of honour were President Nguyen Van Thieu and Prime Minister Tran Thien Khiem, who shared the salute at the march-past.
The C.S.D.S. was set up to flush Viet Cong elements out of South Vietnamese villages. The government currently claim a four-million, fully voluntary membership.
SYNOPSIS: The Civilian Self Defence Service -- or C.S.D.S. as it's known locally -- was set up by the South Vietnamese Government in nineteen-sixty-eight to counter the communist offensive. The general aim of the C.S.D.S. is to flush out Viet Cong elements in village communities, and the government is claiming a substantial four-million membership.
Although membership is purely voluntary, C.S.D.S. recruits are subjected to a vigorous training programme. Competition from within is rigorous, and in his speech President Thieu underlined the vital importance of the Service's function in protecting the South from communist infiltration from the North.