The Non-Commissioned Officer's War:

  • 2014

The Non-Commissioned Officer's War:

Combined Action Doctrine That Could Have Saved Vietnam
Author:
Aaron Grant
Abstract:

Six months after the Marines arrived in Vietnam in late 1965, the Commanding General of the III Marine Amphibious Force, Lewis Walt, sanctioned the creation of units that operated independently from their parent companies. He realized that the only way to bring the war to the Viet Cong was to fight on their level, amongst the people. The Marines were detached and paired with local Vietnamese militia called Popular Forces creating a combined effort within the village called the Combined Action Program. Their mission was simple: to destroy the VC hamlet-village infrastructure. The local militia had knowledge of the terrain, the Marines had the superior training and fire support, and together they made a winning combination. It was to become one of the few successful operations of the entire war.