Regarding the weakness of the defense forces, Sihanouk did not aim to improve because he thought that manpower was now more necessary for economic and social development than any other goal. U.S Army Punisher Skull 3D Printed Hoodie and Sweatshirt. Indeed, Sihanouk saw clearly the special role of the army in newly reclaimed countries, if it was strong enough and centralized the command, it would easily become a threat to the government. Therefore, in Cambodia, the regular military never exceeded the number of 35,000 people (even less than the police force) under Sihanouk.
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