Card, "Nine Rules"
Rules: 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.
are nine simple rules:
Remember we are guests here: We make no demands and seek no
2.) Join with the people! Understand their life, use phrases
from their language and honor their customs and laws.
3.) Treat women with politeness and respect.
4.) Make personal friends among the soldiers and common people.
5.) Always give the Vietnamese the right of way.
6.) Be alert to security and ready to react with your military
7.) Don’t attract attention by loud, rude or unusual behavior.
8.) Avoid separating yourself from the people by a display of
wealth or privilege.
9.) 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.
-- one to each member of the United States Armed Forces in Vietnam