“A Time for Testing”

Gregory A. Daddis

in No Sure Victory

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746873
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897179 | DOI:
“A Time for Testing”

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This chapter analyzes how MACV attempted to measure its effectiveness in training the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) for providing national security once American forces departed. After Nixon’s inauguration in 1969, Vietnamization became the stated primary mission of U.S forces in Vietnam. How did MACV attempt to measure the performance of ARVN forces? How did MACV assess which factors indicated the successful training of ARVN? This chapter explores whether American officers understood that their metrics for effectiveness in search-and-destroy or pacification missions might not apply to the training of ARVN forces. North Vietnamese leaders reassessed their own strategy after Tet and reverted to an emphasis on political action and guerrilla warfare. Did MACV see the enemy’s change in strategy as a validation of U.S. efforts to this point in the war?

Keywords: ARVN; Vietnamization; Nixon; Vietnam strategy; South Vietnam

Chapter.  9820 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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