"Couldn't you wait till he's weaned?"
Mauldin, William (1921-2003) 1967
During 1966 and 1967, the enemy suffered two hundred thirty-eight thousand casualties. In response to the heavy casualties, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam’s (North Vietnam) government began altering their strategy from small skirmishes to full scale battles. By mid-1967, the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) began funneling troops and supplies into the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) in preparation for the large scale Tet Offensive. In order to replenish the losses and build troop numbers, the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) began pressing every person who could hold a weapon into military service including children as young as ten.