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The Regular Soldier Short Film (Full Length) – 1966 Documentary War

The Regular Soldier

Short Film (Full Length) – 1966 Documentary War

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This Army recruiting film was made while New Zealand was still involved in the Vietnam War. While its emphasis is on the various trades, such as carpentry, engineering and radio operation, which can be learned in the army, it doesn't shy away from the purely military aspects. Soldiers are trained in unarmed combat, parachuting and jungle warfare. Exercises at the Waiouru Army Camp involving armoured support are also featured. Women are included, but in 1966 they fulfil roles in signals and nursing to free up men for combat duties.

In this (signals) and similar work, women of the New Zealand Women’s Royal Army Corps, or the WRACs, are able to relieve men for the more strenuous combat duties. The Army gains a lot by having some of its duties performed with a feminine touch.
– Narrator