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Phan Chot's Choice: Agency and Motivation among the Kit Carson Scouts during the Vietnam War, 1966-1973

Journal article
Authors Stefan Aguirre Quiroga
Published in War & Society
Volume 39
Issue 2
Pages 126-143
ISSN 0729-2473
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Pages 126-143
Language en
Keywords Vietnam war, agency, motivation, Kit Carson Scouts, political identity, South Vietnam, defectors, History
Subject categories History


Through a focus on agency and motivation, this article attempts to reach conclusions about the choices made by PLAF and PAVN defectors for continuing their lives as combatants in the employment of the United States Armed Forces as part of the Kit Carson Scout Program. Using predominantly fragmentary personal accounts found in divisional newspapers, this article concludes that Kit Carson Scouts joined for a variety of personal reasons that included the desire for better working conditions, the opportunity to support their family, the search for revenge, and political disillusionment. Additionally, the importance of the individual scout's choice is emphasised.

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