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Viet Cong manpower problems
Date of Creation:
March 1967
Date of Declassification:
April 27, 1993
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
10 p.
A study of enemy documents captured in South Vietnam indicates that during 1966 the Viet Cong experienced increasing difficulties in keeping certain units up to strength and in recruiting new manpower for their military units and civilian labor force. Their difficulties were largely the result of the rapid expansion of Communist forces in 1965 and increasing losses through combat, desertions, and defections. Growing hardships and a lessening of confidence in victory have contributed to the growing number of desertions and defections and have hampered recruitment as well. The evacuation of Vietnamese civilians to areas controlled by the Government of South Vietnam and the increased presence of allied forces have also impeded recruitments. The Viet Cong have had to upgrade an increasing number of local and irregular forces to keep main force units up to strength. The result has been a deterioration in the quality of local and irregular forces. There is as yet no indication that manpower will force the Viet Cong to curtail their combat operations. If these problems worsen in 1967, however, the pace and scope of combat operations may be affected.
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