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    Tours of Duty in Vietnam

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    Vietnam assignments "in country" were generally limited to thirteen months fixed duration. Service members reported in and departed individually on fixed departure dates called DEROS (date of rotation) rather than with their whole unit together.

    How can we assess the impact that deploying individually rather than by unit had on those who served those tours? How might that differ between those who had joined the Army voluntarily and those who had been conscripted for service by the Selective Service System?

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    One way that we can assess the impact of deploying individually rather than by units, is by analyzing the morale of the troops within these units. It seems that the individual rotation methodology decimated unit cohesion, due to the fact that the teams and ...