South Vietnamese Military Unit Training
An Army school system was started to provide technical and specialist schools, arm and service basic and advanced courses, a military academy to train select young men for commissions in the Army, and a replacement training center to provide basic training for conscripts and new enlistees.
The system was built around six key centers:
1. A general school center at Thu Duc with a capacity for 1,000 students and comprising most of the arm and service technical and specialist schools;
2. Separate infantry school, to be located initially also at Thu Duc, which would include a 400‐student officer candidate school and later basic branch officer and noncommissioned officer courses;
3. Medical, intelligence, and psychological warfare schools to be located in the Saigon area owing to the availability of facilities and other resources;
4. Military Academy at Dalat, with a two‐year curriculum combining academic and military subjects to train new officers, to be transformed later into a four‐year institution;
Higher military school or college, located in Saigon with a capacity of 250 students;
Centralized replacement camp for training conscripts located at Quang Trung near Saigon and with an annual
capacity of approximately 24,000 (or about 8,000 at any one time).