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(Added 4 photos) ARVN'S ARTILLERY
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ARVN'S ARTILLERY SCHOOL

     The RVNAF Artillery School was an outgrowth of the French Army's Artillery Training Center of Indochina located in Phu Hoa. After the signing of the Geneva Accords, the training center was turned over to the Vietnamese armed forces and was redesignated the RVNAF Artillery School. In October 1955 the school moved to the Thu Duc Military School Center and shared its facilities with the Engineer School; when the Engineer School moved out two years later, the Artillery School took over the entire area. With this additional space, the school was reorganized and the training activities expanded. In July 1961 the school moved again, this time to its present location in Duc My, where it was again reorganized with its own administrative and logistic support.

Throughout its existence, the school has trained artillery officers and noncommissioned officers in the operation and maintenance of all artillery equipment and has also conducted basic and advanced unit training for ARVN artillery battalions as they were activated under the RVNAF Improvement and Modernization programs. A four-week counterbattery course was established at the school, along with two AN/MPQ/4A radar sets and equipment in 1969. Then, the rated capacity of the school was 600 students. During December the student load reached 1,086, severely straining facilities and instructors. The overload was a result of the requirement to train additional personnel to fill newly activated units and units scheduled for activation. Under these overcrowded conditions, the amount of practical work done and personal supervision received was greatly reduced, adversely affecting the quality of graduates.

ARTILLERY DEMONSTRATION AT INFANTRY SCHOOL OF THU DUC
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     In 1970 several new gun-emplacements with concrete personnel shelters and ammunition bunkers were built in the battalion demonstration area as a self-help project. New programs of instruction were prepared for a survey officer course and a survey instructor course. A copy of the U.S. Artillery Advanced Course was obtained from Fort Sill, edited to delete unusable portions, and given to the director of instruction for upgrading the battalion commander's course. In addition, noticeable improvements in training and supervision of students took place after the commandant directed that classes be inspected daily and written reports submitted.

One of the most significant improvements in training occurred between April and June 1970. Formerly, no attempt was made to coordinate the training of forward observers, fire direction center personnel, and gun crews during live fire exercises. During June, schedules and programs of instruction were completed to allow these classes to be conducted simultaneously. The concept saved ammunition and training time and released support troop gun crews to perform maintenance.

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