About 900 high school students in Phnom Penh have had their summer vacation interrupted by military training.
LV Students at military training (2 shots)
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LV Students training and CU..(2 shots)
SV Instructor at microphone
SV Students training with rifles (2 shots)
LV & SV Men and women with rifles
GV Student with smoke bomb and students (2 shots)
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Background: About 900 high school students in Phnom Penh have had their summer vacation interrupted by military training. The Cambodian government has ordered the students to attend morning and afternoon classes for two weeks.
Students come dressed in a variety of military-type uniforms that they buy or make themselves.
Course instructors are Cambodian Special Forces troops who were trained by Americans. They are assisted by teachers at the high school who have been mobilised into service.
The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to basic military techniques and fundamentals of individual and small unit combat. They are trained to use sophisticated weapons such as the M-16 rifles. ??? which they will probably not be issued when they go into service.
Not all the students are given rifles because of the Cambodian army's shortage of weapons. It is not known how long it will be before the students are sent into real combat.