With that, I'd like to share a few of my expectations. I expect all VC and NVA to think safe and fun first and effectiveness during game play second. I expect all VC and PAVN players to play with honor and a full clear understanding of the rules. Ignorance of game requirements or restrictions will not be an excuse for what might appear to be dishonest actions. It is my hope that all who are members of the VC and PAVN will do all they can to arrive with a good faith effort toward authentic impressions and gear.
I want everyone to come with a small notebook and something to write with. If possible, by Friday pick up a whistle and attach it to your chest rig with parachord or whatever. We will not have radios of any kind so our communication will be by bugle and whistles and shouting.
I will hand out to all of you a small code sheet explaining what the various whistles will mean and we will do a little rehearsal. I will also have some simple Vietnamese expressions we can shout out during tactical manuever. Even when conversing normally on the field I'd like all speaking to be sing songey so anyone overhearing through the brush will have no doubt disciphering friend or foe. (This works both ways, provided we all play.)
I would also like to find some time to share some simple PAVN and VC tactics so our game play will be as authentic as possible for our US and ARVN opponents.
This is going to be a ball and thank you in advance for volunteering to play bad guys this veterans day weekend. Let's play it well and have fun.
US Army (Ret.)
Col. Nihm Ba Tri