Chalermchai Sitthisart

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Chalermchai Sitthisart
Native name
เฉลิมชัย สิทธิสาท
Born (1957-10-20) 20 October 1957 (age 61)
Bangkok, Thailand
Allegiance Thailand
Service/branchThailand Royal Thai Army
Years of service1980–2018
RankRTA OF-9 (General).svg General
Commands heldCommander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army
Spouse(s)Benjawan Sitthisart
Signatureลายเซ็น เฉลิมชัย สิทธิสาท.png

Chalermchai Sitthisart (Thai: เฉลิมชัย สิทธิสาท) is a Thai military officer and General within the Royal Thai Army. In September 2016, he was chosen to serve as the Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army, and was endorsed by then-King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Sitthisart was appointed to replace the retiring Teerachai Narkvanich, with his appointment taking effect on October 1. Chalermchai's appointment marked a departure from the Burapha Payak royalist military faction - known as the "Eastern Tigers", as he is considered to not have ties with the dominant faction.[1][2][3] Almost immediately following his retirement, he was appointed to the Privy Council.[4]


  1. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Thailand names new army chief from outside dominant faction".
  2. ^ "General Chalermchai Sitthisart Archives - Thai PBS English News". Thai PBS English News.
  3. ^ hermes (10 September 2016). "Thailand picks general from less dominant faction to be army chief".
  4. ^ "Three appointed privy counsellors". Bangkok Post. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Thirachai Nakwanich
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army
Succeeded by
Apirat Kongsompong