The ARVN (Army or the Republic of Vietnam) were the army of the South. At the start of US involvement they had a bad reputation amoungst Free World Forces and US forces but as the war progressed they became respected fighters. Towards the end of the war ARVN troops would stand there ground and fight heroically to try and stem the advance of the North. The ARVN were equipped with US weapons and equipment throughout the war. At the start they were issued out of date equipment but as the war progressed they were issued more up to date equipment and when the US finally pulled out alot of equipment was handed over to ARVN forces.