The purpose of this study is to sketch a portrait of the rank-and-file North Vietnamese soldier in action in South Vietnam as an aid to strategic planning for psychological warfare. The study is based on the results of a series of interviews, conducted by RAND in 1965, with Northern soldiers who, prior to their capture or defection, were assigned to combat either with the regular People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) or with the National Liberation Front's Main Force, i.e., the Viet Cong (VC). of the 40 men interviewed for this study, 32 were captives and 8 were ralliers (defectors); 26 were privates, 12 were non-coms and 2 were officers.
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