By Jeffrey J. Clarke
In “Advice and help: the ultimate Years, 1965-1973,” Jeffrey J. Clarke describes the U.S. military advisory attempt to the South Vietnamese military throughout the interval whilst the U.S. dedication in Southeast Asia was once at its top. The account incorporates a huge spectrum of actions at numerous degrees, from the bodily hard paintings of the battalion advisers at the flooring to the extra refined undertakings of our senior army officials on the maximum echelons of the yank army assistance command in Saigon. between severe topics taken care of are our command relationships with the South Vietnamese military, our politico-military efforts to assist reform either the South Vietnamese army and executive, and our implementation of the Vietnamization coverage inaugurated in 1969. the outcome let us know a lot concerning the U.S. Army's function as an agent of nationwide coverage in a serious yet usually ignored enviornment, and constitutes an important contribution to our realizing of not just occasions that happened in Vietnam, but in addition the selections and activities that produced them.
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S. : Government Printing Office, 1%9), p. 100; and, for one major dissenter, Samuel Adams, "Vietnam Cover-Up: Playing War With Numbers," Harper's, May 1975, pp. 41- 44; and the ensuing intell igence controversy treated in Don Kowet, A Matter of Honor (New York: Macmillan, 1984) and other publications under way dealing with the Westmoreland-CBS libel suit. 4 These administrative areas were known variously as regions, military regions, and corps tactical zones. The latter term is the most accurate and the most common, and is used throughout the text.
S. adviser had to understand how the South Vietnamese military system worked, or at least how it was supposed to work . The many organizational similarities between the American and South Vietnamese armed forces were, in many cases, deceptive. The South Vietnamese military 14 Khuyen, Tile RVNAF, pp. 54-55 and 87. The decree also made the appointment and transfer of general officers and province chiefs the prerogative of the Directory chairman. 25 Advice and Support: The Final Years, 1965-1973 body that carried out administrative and planning functions for the entire armed forces was the Joint General Staff (Chart 1).
The power of each senior general, whether he occupied a military or a civilian post, had come to depend, not on competency, position, or rank, but on the number of rifles-or, more accurately, on the number of combat commanders whose loyalty he could command. In practice, the link between a junta general and, for example, an infantry battalion commander or a province chief rested on a complex network of political, professional, and familial relationships that shifted from time to time. Because their authority depended on these informal relationships, the generals made almost all promotions and appointments on the basis of favoritism and loyalty rather than merit.