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US Draftees made a world of differences to the Truck Companies in Vietnam. These guys could maintain trucks and weld them back together. When ambushes became a problem, they invented "Gun Trucks" for protection of the convoys. Picture a APC hulk on the back of a truck with at least three or more machine guns!

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US with good food surplus/schooling/more mechanically inclined recruits/etc easier to 'train' than SVN/etc ...?
Yes, however country people have their advantages too. Used to hard work, usually in good form, accustomed to hard conditions, possessed of a wide variety of common skills. That was as true of the Vietnamese troops as it was of the US. And like US troops, Vietnamese draftees brought in a varying degrees of education. Usually about the 5th grade for Vietnamese peasants. Ethnic Cambodians, Cham, and Montagnards were generally illiterate in their own language, and not highly skilled in Vietnamese. Ergo a Vietnamese willingness to accept the CIDG program under US direction.

North Vietnam had a similar advantage over the South. It was far more culturally and educationally homogeneous, had a larger population, and was maintaining an expeditionary force effort that did not require the defense of their home area against anything other than american bombs.
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I did two years´National Service from 1956. Looking back, I reckon it was generally accepted that we all had to do our time, and dodging the column was contemptible - we all knew who the famous dodgers were.

The public had not much time for blokes who went over the wall and deserted.

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But how many valuable regular service people would be employed training the conscripts? How long are they in for? Germany decided years ago that one year was too short a time to train tank crews for the Leopard.
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I did two years´National Service from 1956. Looking back, I reckon it was generally accepted that we all had to do our time, and dodging the column was contemptible - we all knew who the famous dodgers were.

The public had not much time for blokes who went over the wall and deserted.

Conscription works best when the general public are in favour.


But how many valuable regular service people would be employed training the conscripts? How long are they in for? Germany decided years ago that one year was too short a time to train tank crews for the Leopard.
I was a conscript 1943 to 1946 most of you have a rough outline on my record and we were all teenage conscripts but it was accepted as a fact of life, every bloke that was fit did it ( and some that were not ) and you did your time or died doing it. I am sick to death of the insinuations that Scrips were not as good as volunteers when it came to being up the sharp end. lcm1
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