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Do you agree with this interpretation of the problems faced by United States soldiers in Vietnam

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Do you agree with this interpretation of the problems faced by United States soldiers in Vietnam? In many ways I agree with the interpretation in Source A because the author Michael Bilton highlights a number of useful facts of the soldiers in the Vietnam War. One main factor which he comments on is the recruit's intelligence: "An increasing number of recruits scored so low on the intelligence test that they would never have been let into the normal peacetime army." Bilton suggests how low the level of intelligence throughout the soldiers is. We can see that Bilton has looked through the recruits' examination results and he mentions how they would not have even been allowed to fight in the normal army. ...read more.

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He explains how the amounts of death rates are high and compares an average soldier's tour duty lasting one year to the large majority of soldiers who died within the first six months. Another point which Bilton discusses is the soldier's experience throughout the war. "Just as a soldier was gaining experience he was sent home. A rookie army was constantly throwing inexperienced men against experienced guerrillas." He talks about how soldiers were immediately sent home just when they were beginning to gain experience during the war. He also describes the recruits as 'rookies,' stating them as beginners and inexperienced. He then goes on to say that men with hardly any experience were being thrown in by rookie armies against experienced guerrillas on their home ground. ...read more.

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The source is also limited as the extract only highlights some of the problems which soldiers had to face; there were many more other problems recruits faced not included in the extract. Using my own knowledge, I know that the US army used tactics such as bombing and the enemy had used guerrilla tactics which is not mentioned. I know the author had no first hand experience meaning he was not actually at that place and at that time to make comments on the war, he was relying on other sources to get information for his story making the source unreliable. The information in the book could have been exaggerated to catch the reader's attention so that more and more people would be interested in buying the book to publish more copies. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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