Military ranks of the Thai armed forces

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Royal Thai Army[edit]

The Royal Thai Army (กองทัพบกไทย, RTGS Kong Thap Bok Thai, IPA: [kɔːŋ tháp bòk thaj]) is the land based part of the Thai military.

Officers[edit]

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 Student Officer
RTA-17.svg RTA-16.svg RTA-15.svg RTA-14.svg RTA-13.svg RTA-12.svg RTA-11.svg RTA-10.svg RTA-09.svg RTA-08.svg RTA-07.svg
Thai title จอมพล พลเอก พลโท พลตรี พลจัตวา พันเอก พันโท พันตรี ร้อยเอก ร้อยโท ร้อยตรี นักเรียนนายร้อย
RTGS Chom Phon Phon Ek Phon Tho Phon Tri Phon Jattawa Phan Ek Phan Tho Phan Tri Roi Ek Roi Tho Roi Tri Nak Rian Nai Roi
Abbreviation - พล.อ. พล.ท. พล.ต. พล.จ. พ.อ. พ.ท. พ.ต. ร.อ. ร.ท. ร.ต. -
Anglicised version Field Marshal of the RTA General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier (but not promotion this rank now) Senior Colonel[1] Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Army Cadet Officer
UK equivalent Field Marshal General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet

Other ranks[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
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Thai title จ่าสิบเอก พิเศษ จ่าสิบเอก จ่าสิบโท จ่าสิบตรี สิบเอก สิบโท สิบตรี สิบตรีกองประจำการ พลทหาร
RTGS Cha Sip Ek Phiset[2] Cha Sip Ek Cha Sip Tho Cha Sip Tri Sip Ek Sip Tho Sip Tri Sip Tri Kong Pra Cham Kan Phon Thahan
Abbreviation จ.ส.อ.(พ.) จ.ส.อ. จ.ส.ท. จ.ส.ต. ส.อ. ส.ท. ส.ต.  ? พลฯ
Anglicised version Special Master Sergeant 1st Class Master Sergeant 1st Class Master Sergeant 2nd Class Master Sergeant 3rd Class Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private 1st Class Private
UK equivalent nil Warrant Officer Class One Warrant Officer Class Two Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private

Private 1st Class is a rank assigned to conscripts after they have finished specialist training. They wear the same insignia as a Lance Corporal, who is a member who has completed their conscription obligation, and who has undertaken training at NCO school.

Royal Thai Air Force[edit]

The Royal Thai Air Force (กองทัพอากาศไทย, RTGS Kong Thap Akat Thai, IPA: [kɔːŋ tháp ʔaːkàːt thaj]) is the air based part of the Thai military. The rank system is modeled after that of the Royal Air Force, but unlike the RAF, officers' cuff rank insignia are topped by a star above the lace stripes and all Air Marshals' rank insignia are also determined by one to five stars on the shoulder board.

Officers[edit]

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 Student Officer
RTAF-10.svg RTAF-09.svg RTAF-08.svg RTAF-07.svg RTAF-06.5.svg RTAF-06.svg RTAF-05.svg RTAF-04.svg RTAF-03.svg RTAF-02.svg RTAF-01.svg
Thai title จอมพล อากาศ พล อากาศ เอก พล อากาศ โท พล อากาศ ตรี พล อากาศ จัตวา นาวา อากาศ เอก นาวา อากาศ โท นาวา อากาศ ตร เรือ อากาศ เอก เรือ อากาศ โท เรือ อากาศ ตรี นัก เรียน นาย เรือ อากาศ
RTGS Chom Phon Akat Phon Akat Ek Phon Akat Tho Phon Akat Tri Phon Akat Jattawa Nawa Akat Ek Nawa Akat Tho Nawa Akat Tri Ruea Akat Ek Ruea Akat Tho Ruea Akat Tri Nak Rian Nai Ruea Akat
Abbreviation - พล.อ.อ. พล.อ.ท. พล.อ.ต. พล.อ.จ. น.อ. น.ท. น.ต. ร.อ. ร.ท. ร.ต. -
Anglicised version Marshal of the RTAF Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Comodore(but not promotion this rank now) Senior Group Captain[1] Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Air Cadet
UK equivalent Marshal of the RAF Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer Officer Cadet

Other ranks[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Image OR-9 Image OR-8 Image OR-7 Image OR-5 Image OR-4 Image OR-3 Image OR-1
Thai title พันจ่าอากาศเอก พิเศษ พันจ่าอากาศเอก พันจ่าอากาศโท พันจ่าอากาศตรี จ่าอากาศเอก จ่าอากาศโท จ่าอากาศตรี พลทหาร
RTGS Phan Cha Akat Ek Phiset[2] Phan Cha Akat Ek Phan Cha Akat Tho Phan Cha Akat Tri Cha Akat Ek Cha Akat Tho Cha Akat Tri Phon Thahan
Abbreviation พ.อ.อ.(พ.) พ.อ.อ. พ.อ.ท. พ.อ.ต. จ.อ. จ.ท. จ.ต. พลฯ
Anglicised version Special Flight Sergeant 1st Class Flight Sergeant 1st Class Flight Sergeant 2nd Class Flight Sergeant 3rd Class Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftman Airman
UK equivalent nil Warrant Officer or Master Aircrew Flight Sergeant or Chief Technician Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftman or Senior Aircraftman/Lance Corporal Aircraftman

Royal Thai Navy[edit]

The Royal Thai Navy (กองทัพเรือไทย, RTGS Kong Thap Ruea Thai, IPA: [kɔːŋ tháp rɨːa thaj]) is the maritime based part of the Thai military. The Royal Thai Marine Corps is part of the RTN, and uses the same rank structure. Depend on types of uniform, the rank can be located on the shoulder (on white and khaki uniforms) or on the sleeves (on dark blue uniforms).

Officers[edit]

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 Student Officer
RTN-11.svg RTN-10.svg RTN-09.svg RTN-08.svg RTN-07.svg RTN-06.svg RTN-05.svg RTN-04.svg RTN-03.svg RTN-02.svg RTN-01.svg
Thai title จอมพลเรือ พล เรือเอก พล เรือโท พล เรือตรี พล เรือจัตวา นาวา เอก นาวา โท นาวา ตรี เรือ เอก เรือ โท เรือ ตรี นัก เรียน นาย เรือ
RTGS Chom Phon Ruea Phon Ruea Ek Phon Ruea Tho Phon Ruea Tri Phon Ruea Jattawa Nawa Ek Nawa Tho Nawa Tri Ruea Ek Ruea Tho Ruea Tri Nak Rian Nai Ruea
Abbreviation - พล.ร.อ. พล.ร.ท. พล.ร.ต. พล.ร.จ. น.อ. น.ท. น.ต. ร.อ. ร.ท. ร.ต. -
Anglicised version Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore (but not promotion this rank now) Senior Captain[1] Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Lieutenant Junior Grade Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman
UK equivalent Admiral of the Fleet Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Acting Sub-Lieutenant Midshipman

Naval Officers will additionally add the post-nominal ร.น. as an abbreviation for ราชนาวี (râat-chá-naa-wee, literally "the Royal Navy").

Other ranks[edit]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
Image OR-9 Image OR-8 Image OR-7 Image OR-5 Image OR-4 Image OR-3 Image OR-1
Thai title พันจ่าเอก พิเศษ พันจ่าเอก พันจ่าโท พันจ่าตรี จ่าเอก จ่าโท จ่าตรี พลทหาร
RTGS Phan Cha Ek Phiset[2] Phan Cha Ek Phan Cha Tho Phan Cha Tri Cha Ek Cha Tho Cha Tri Phon Thahan
Abbreviation พ.จ.อ.(พ.) พ.จ.อ. พ.จ.ท. พ.จ.ต. จ.อ. จ.ท. จ.ต. พลฯ
Anglicised version Special Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Petty Officer 1st Class Petty Officer 2nd Class Petty Officer 3rd Class Seaman
UK equivalent nil Warrant Officer Class One Warrant Officer Class Two Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Rate Able Rate Ordinary Rate

Rank structure[edit]

Chom (จอม) is Chief of Forces (Phon พล.) Ranks below command-in-chief use Thai alternate numbers.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Senior Colonel or Special Colonel is equivalent to a one star General. This is not an actual rank in the Royal Thai Army, but it is important and seen as honourable to recognize that there is a position of status between Colonel and two star General in the RTA. The officers concerned will appreciate being referred to as such. The Senior Colonel will wear the rank-slides of a Colonel, but will wear collar insignia showing a crossed baton and sword with wreath below (similar to Chom Phon rank slide). In the same way, the RTN has "Senior Captain" or "Special Captain in the Royal Thai Navy" and the RTAF has "Senior Group Captain" or "Special Group Captain in The Royal Thai Airforce".
  2. ^ a b c The "Special Master Sergeant 1st Class" is an honorific given to those senior enlisted members who are deserving of recognition above and beyond that of the highest enlisted rank. There is no difference in the rank insignia worn, and they do not 'outrank' the normal Master Sergeant 1st Class, although in a group situation they will normally be assigned control. They do receive a higher salary. In the same way, the RTN has "Special Chief Petty Officer 1st Class" and the RTAF has "Special Flight Sergeant 1st Class".

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