Senior Officer Debriefing Report: MACV and 25th Infantry Division, Period March 1969 to December 1970
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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The 25th Infantry Division has maintained an active program for training and combined operations with RVNAF and Territorial force units throughout the Division AO since 1967. Throughout 1969 and early 1970 combined operations were emphasized by all Divisional units. However, while combined operations were successful in improving the operational ability of Vietnamese forces in many areas, they fell short of the ultimate objective. Most frequently, combined operations were planned and supervised by US leaders and US forces provided the preponderance of combat power in the operations. Even when this was not the case, the US element and Vietnamese unit usually worked as separate though coordinated maneuver elements, with the net result that the Vietnamese leadership and staff rarely benefited. The Cambodian cross-border operations provided regular ARVN forces the first real test of independent operations from planning through execution resulting in high esprit and unit confidence that can only be obtained through success on actual operations.
- Unconventional Warfare