Informative and general over the Vietnam-war. Here also once without reference.

Ok guys, let’s talk about another important part about the Vietnam war. BEER! What beers did the GIs drink in Vietnam?
Since I started this hobby I have been asking myself this question and so I read some articles about this, and talked to other reenacters and collectors. Not only Vietnam collectors, Beer Collectors too.

In a military operation the pointman is at the head of a platoon, he takes point. He is always several meters ahead of the platoon, but usually stays in sight. He is the eyes and ears of a platoon, looking out for enemies, booby traps and any other things that might endanger his comrades. Generally a pointman did not receive special training, and often the members of a platoon alternated on that position. Usually those with the keenest senses and most experience in detecting enemy traps and ambushes were chosen. Natives, ARVN soldiers and Vietcong deserters were also often used to fill that position, as they knew how the enemy operated. They were called Kit Carson Scouts.

All recruits in the airborne are volunteers. They come from every part of society and from all over the United States. Their average age is eighteen to twenty years, depending on whether they joined directly after high school or attended college first.
Everyone volunteering for the airborne troops has to pass a recruiting test, and after its successful completion is sent to Basic Training. After Basic Training they continue their training with the Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) and finally complete it at the jump school at Fort Benning.

In this part we will introduce the Combat and Special Skill badges in the time of the Vietnam Conflict.

The Army ranks used in the Vietnam War were established or changed in the year 1958. The ranks of the Specialist 8th and 9th Grade were established in 1965 and were never used in Vietnam.
On May 28, 1968, the rank of the Command Sergeant Major was newly established and as well as a new insignia for the Private 1st Class. The old insignia were used for the rank of Private from then on.

The rank of Warrant Officer was introduced by the Army in 1896.

Some of the officers ranks were developed between 1780 and 1917 and are used up to date.