List of Commanders of the Royal Thai Army

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Commander of
the Royal Thai Army
ผู้บัญชาการทหารบก
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.svg
Standard of the RTA Commander
Incumbent
Udomdej Sitabutr

since 2014-09-09
Nominator Minister of Defense
Appointer King of Thailand
Inaugural holder Prince Damrong Rajanubhab
Formation 1887
Website Thai Army Commander
Field Marshal Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena (Phot Phahonyothin)
Field Marshal Luang Pibulsonggram (Plaek Pibulsonggram)

The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army (Thai: ผู้บัญชาการทหารบก) is headquartered in Bangkok. The commander of the Royal Thai Army is a powerful position that has at times been the springboard to the premiership. Prior to 1932, the post of Commander of the Siamese Army was combined with that of the Kalahom Department. These individuals have commanded the Royal Thai Army:

Pre-Royal Thai Army[edit]

No. Rank Name Position Term begins Term ends
1 General Ditsawarakuman, the Prince Damrong Rajanubhab Grand-officer to the army 1887 1890
2 Field Marshal Cherm Seang-Chuto, Chao Phraya Surasakmontri Commander of the Department of Army 1890 1892
3
(1)
Field Marshal Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, the Prince Banubandhu Vongsevoradej Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1892 1896
4 General Chitcharoen, the Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1896 1899
3
(2)
Field Marshal Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, the Prince Banubandhu Vongsevoradej Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1899 1901
5 Field Marshal Chirapravati Voradej, Prince of Nakhon Chaisri Commander of the Department of Military Operation
Minister of Defense
1901 1913
6 Field Marshal Viscount Arun Chatrakul, Chao Phraya Bodindhorn Dejanuchit Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1914 1921
7 General Yeam na Nakhon, Chao Phraya Bodindhorn Dejanuchit Minister of Defense 1922 1926
8 Field Marshal Paribatra Sukhumbhand, Prince of Nakorn Sawan Minister of Defense 1926 1928
9 General HH Prince Boworadet Minister of Defense 1928 1931
10 Admiral Vudhijaya Chalermlabh, the Prince Singhavikrom Minister of Defense 1931 1932

Royal Thai Army[edit]

No. Name Term begins Term ends
11
(1)
General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena (Phot Phahonyothin) 1932 1938
12
(1)
Field Marshal Luang Pibulsonggram (Plaek Pibulsonggram) 1938 1944
13 Lieutenant General Pichit Kriengsakpichit 6 August 1944 24 August 1944
11
(2)
General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena (Phot Phahonyothin) 1944 1946
14 General Adul Adulyadejchrat (Bhat Peungprakhun) 1946 1947
12
(2)
Field Marshal Luang Pibulsonggram (Plaek Pibulsonggram) 9 November 1947 15 May 1948
15 Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan 1948 1954
16 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata 1954 1963
17 Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn 1963 1964
18 Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien 1964 1973
19 General Krit Srivara 1973 1975
20 General Boonchai Bamroongpong 1975 1976
21 General Serm na Nakhon 1976 1978
22 General Prem Tinsulanonda 1978 1981
23 General Prayut Jarumanee 1981 1982
24 General Arthit Kamlang-ek 1982 1986
25 General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 1986 1990
26 General Suchinda Kraprayoon 1990 7 April 1992
27 General Isarapong Noonpakdee 7 April 1992 31 July 1992
28 General Vimol Vongvanich 1992 1995
29 General Pramon Plasindhi 1995 1996
30 General Chettha Thannajaro 1996 1998
31 General Surayud Chulanont 1998 2002
32 General Somtat Attanand 2002 2003
33 General Chaiyasit Shinawatra 2003 2004
34 General Prawit Wongsuwan 2004 2005
35 General Sonthi Boonyaratglin 2005 2007
36 General Anupong Paochinda 2007 2010
37 General Prayuth Chan-ocha 2010 2014
38 General Udomdej Sitabutr 2014 2015[citation needed]

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