In September, 1967, Combined Mobile Improvement Teams were established in the II Corps area of South Vietnam's central highlands.
Sergeant conducting class in rifle firing
Regional Force soldiers firing rifles on range
Lieutenant checking soldier's target
Vietnamese officers checking soldier's target
Regional Force soldiers cleaning weapons
Sergeant putting radio on soldier's back and checking radio
Montagnard reading map
Platoon preparing to go on patrol
Regional Force platoon on patrol
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Background: In September, 1967, Combined Mobile Improvement Teams were established in the II Corps area of South Vietnam's central highlands.
These teams were set up to go to the various hamlets and villages in several provinces making up the Corps area, to train villagers, primarily Montagnards, in the art of self defense of their homes.
In Darlac Province, some 150 miles north of Saigon, Team #9, commanded by Army Lieutenant Robert L. Berg, is working with four companies of Montagnard troops around Lac Thien.
The mission of the team is to move from hamlet to hamlet in the province giving a two week training course to each company of Vietnamese and Montagnard Regional Forces in the area. The Regional Forces are military company size units which stay in their own province unlike the regular South Vietnamese Army units which can be stationed anywhere in the country.
The first four days of the course are devoted to the proper use of small unit arms such as the carbine, automatic rifle, 30-caliber machine guns, M-1 rifle and the M-79 grenade launcher. We see some of the Regional Force soldiers on the rifle range firing the carbine.
The remainder of the two week course is spent teaching company and squad tactics, along with map reading, using a compass, radio procedures and ambush and counter ambush techniques.
The final instruction is a combat operation using the skills the soldiers have learned from the American instructors in the two week period. This will be the final score of the course.....remaining alert and alive.
This package contains two film releases from the Department of Defense: 67 feet of 16 mm color composite print of former North Vietnamese learn peaceful trades in "open arms" camp; and 90 feet of silent 16 mm processed color film of army teams training Montagnards. Also in this package: 50' feet of silent and ??? feet of magnetic sound 16 mm processed color film of NATO Secretary-General Manlio Brosio at the White House; and 60 feet silent and 208 feet of magnetic sound 16 mm unprocessed color film of Major General Yitzhak Rabin news conference at Dulles Airport on arrival to assume Israeli ambassadorship to U.S.