Mr O'Keefe and Mr Hurst are both right. I was in RVN in 1966-67 and 1970-71. There was virtually no drug use in 66-67 although there were a few pot smokers around. We had to conduct a search once because marijuana was suspected to be in our company; the commander had to have the Military Police bring us a sample as some of the officers knew what it was but had no idea what it looked like. 1970-71 was vastly different, the Army was not as professional as it had been a few years earlier with officers reaching their captaincy in two years (instead of the customary four to five years and lower rank enlisted men making sergeant in six months. These two categories did not have the professional maturity to deal with some of the troops arriving from the states already hooked on drugs. Given the environment, it was easy for the non- drug users to to try drugs and get hooked. My observation was that if a good kid came over, he pretty much stayed clean but if the new arrival had problems back in the states, he usually did drugs. Obviously not true in every instance but fairly accurate. A lot depended on the individual's upbringing and maturity.
As to what troops went into the jungle, the previous responders were right on. One thing they omitted was most troops had a towel around their neck as they did a lot of sweating. I flew choppers and we use to airlift ammo, supplies, meals, sodas and occasionally beer into their nightly bivouac area.
All in all, our troops did a good job.
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