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Building the Army of the Republic of Vietnam's Logistical System: Lessons Learned

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Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The US military, combined with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam ARVN, spent almost twenty years creating a capable ARVN logistical system. That system, built within the confines of an agrarian society, was completely reliant on US military aid and evolved into a system that operated with little US interference. However, multiple lessons applicable to future logistics building come from this successful mission. The lessons included limitations within the advisor-training program and not utilizing South Vietnamese expertise and knowledge in the training. Other lessons were the lack of unity-of-command within the advisory mission, and the consequence of placing military and civilian advisors within the logistical system. The final lesson was transferring the US Armys excess use of supplies in combat operations to an agrarian society with limited access to industrial goods.

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