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This paper investigates the potential role of an Indonesian state ideology indoctrination course during the period 1978–1998 on the long-run development of individuals’ social capital, including trust and civic engagement. I exploit a fuzzy regression discontinuity design focused on the effect of the termination of the program in 1998. The results suggest that the course did not have a substantial long-run impact on the social capital of participants: citizens aged 13 or older in 1998 who were exposed to the training do not have statistically different social capital measures compared to citizens aged 12 or younger in 1998. I conclude that the role of state ideology indoctrination courses of the type seen in Suharto’s Indonesia might be limited.