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Vietnam situation : an analysis and estimate. Chapter II: The enemy forces in the South
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May 23, 1967
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14 p.
Despite increasingly effective "search and destroy" operations by the Allies, the Vietnamese Communists have continued to expand their Main Forces, both by infiltration and by recruitment. In the case of the irregular forces, the latest US order of battle holdings list their strength at 113,000. Studies by COMUSMCV, however, indicate that irregular strength is more likely in the neighborhood of 190-200,000, although a final judgment has not yet been made. The strength of the so-called "administrative service" forces (staffs and non-combat support troops) are now listed in the OB at 25,000, but may be several times higher -- possibly in the neighborhood of 75-100,000. The number of Viet Cong political personnel, listed 39,000 in the OB, may be well over twice as high. Part of the difficulty in estimating the strength of the above categories is that we are not sure to what degree political cadre, for example, can be clearly delineated from irregulars in counting for OB purposes.
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