Rules for Australian Army Forces in Vietnam

These rules were promulgated to every Australian serving in Vietnam,
demonstrating the diplomatic significance for the Australian government.



Remember we are here only to help; we make no demands and seek no special treatment.
2 Try to understand the people, their way of life, customs and laws.
3 Learn the simple greetings of the Vietnamese language and use them frequently.
4 Treat friendly people,particularly women with respect and courtesy.
5 Don't attract attention by rude behaviour or larrickinism.
6 Avoid separating us from the Vietnamese by a display of great wealth or privilege.
7 Make friends among the soldiers and people of Vietnam.
8 Remember, decency and honesty are the signs of a man and a soldier; bad manners are the sign of a fool.
9 Above all remember you are an Australian, by your actions our country is judged.  Set an example of sincerity and fair play in all your dealings with Vietnamese and with other people who are assisting them.

Australian Army Rising Sun Badge

  We as a military force and as individuals, are in this country to help the Vietnamese Government and People to win their long and courageous fight against the Communists.  The product of victory is a democratic State with stable government and contented people.   The Communists will use any weapon to discredit the Government and countries, like ours, in the eyes of the Vietnamese people.  Don't let your behaviour be a propaganda weapon which helps in any way to destroy Vietnam.  Here are nine simple rules for conduct whilst in Vietnam.

DISTRIBUTION - 1 to each member of the Australian Army Force VIET NAM


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