Shot Card 2


Payday was a gauntlet, with my $200 per month at the far end. First stage was getting our shots up to date, then filling out required personnel file forms. Next were pitches for charity contributions and inspirational talks about adding time to our enlistment. The reenlistment speech hooked few takers. Only then were we paid in military script or “monopoly money”. Vietnamese merchants accepted payment in military script but not their own currency, the piaster. New series of script were issued on occasion to discourage use by the Vietnamese. The goal was stopping the Vietnamese from replacing their currency with this funny money but it failed.

Bath soap and cigarettes were other alternative currencies but were only accepted by local boom boom girls; prostitutes that delivered their services roadside. Payday was their busy season.


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