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CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 23, 1969
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(Studio) Casualties reported President Nguyen Van Thieu has spoken of replacing bulk of United States Combat Forces by end of 1970.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) South Vietnam training shown. They can serve up to 19 years Draft age lowered from 20 to 18 after United States pressure. Every young man carries identity card with draft status. Forged ID's easy to get and police can be bribed. Penalty for draft dodgers is induction. Dodgers and deserters hide out in slums. Too many Officers trained, and some given civilian jobs. Another gimmick is paying Officer full salary and never showing up for duty, except for weekly roster. "Phantom" soldier shown. Many soldiers work as servants for South Vietnam Officers. Required courses in University now make it harder to be perpetual student
REPORTER: Don Webster

Cronkite, Walter;
Webster, Don

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