Nine Rules for Personnel
of U.S. Military Assistance Command,
[a wallet-sized card issued to all military servicemembers
arriving in the Republic of Vietnam]
The Vietnamese have paid a heavy price in suffering for their
long fight against the communists. We military men are in Vietnam
now because their government has asked us to help its soldiers
and people in winning their struggle. The Viet Cong will attempt
to turn the Vietnamese people against you. You can defeat them at
every turn by the strength, understanding, and generosity you
display with the people. Here are the nine simple rules:
- Remember we are guests here. We make no demands and seek no
- Join with the people! Understand their life, use phrases
from their language, and honor their customs and laws.
- Treat women with politeness and respect.
- Make personal friends among the soldiers and common
- Always give the Vietnamese people the right of way.
- Be alert to security and ready to react with your military
- Don't attract attention to yourself by loud, rude, or
- Avoid separating yourself from the people by a display of
wealth or privilege.
- Above all else, you are members of the U.S. Military Forces
on a difficult mission, responsible for all your official and
personal actions. Reflect honor upon yourself and the United
States of America.