Prior studies usually "guesstimated" the extent of the Vietnamese population's involvement in the armed forces during the Vietnamese War. Using a sociodemographic approach, this study analyzes innovative and regionally representative data from the Vietnam Longitudinal Survey to examine the prevalence of military experience among successive cohorts of men in the Red River Delta, and to assess how their military experiences varied across the periods of war, peace, and social change. In addition, it also addresses whether social class bias in military selection existed in northern Vietnam with respect to who was called to serve in the military.

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