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Chieu Hoi

Translates to "a call to return", but often referred to as "open arms" by English speakers. Chieu Hoi was a pacification program introduced by President Diem in 1963 that sought to weaken the enemy by encouraging VC / NVA personnel to defect to the GVN side. The returnees (Hoi Chanh) were used as a source of intelligence information before receiving political indoctrination, training and employment assistance.

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See CORDS, Pacification