List of Chiefs of Defence Forces (Thailand)

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Chief of Defence Forces
ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด
Flag Thai Chief of the Defence Forces.svg
Standard of the supreme commander
Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan

since 1 October 2017
Nominator Minister of Defense
Appointer HM the King
Inaugural holder Plaek Phibunsongkhram
Formation 13 November 1940
Website Commands HQ commanders

The Chief of Defence Forces, previously known as the Supreme Commander, (Thai: ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด) is the overall field commander of Royal Thai Armed Forces. He is also in charge of managing the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. Prior to 1960 the post was an ad hoc creation by Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, during World War II. However, under Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat the position became permanent, and in its early life was even combined with the post of Prime Minister of Thailand. In February 2008 the English name of the post was changed from Supreme Commander to Chief of Defence Forces with the reorganization of the Supreme Command Headquarters into the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters (though the Thai term remained the same). The current commander is General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan since 2017.

List of Chiefs[edit]

Supreme Commander (1941−2008)[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends Branch
1 Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.jpg Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram 13 November 1940 30 April 1941 Royal Thai Army
12 November 1941 24 November 1943
2 Sarit Dhanarajata.jpg Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat 27 September 1957 8 December 1963 Royal Thai Army
3 Thanom Kittikachorn 1960 02.jpg Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn 11 December 1963 30 September 1973 Royal Thai Army
4 DaweeChullasapya1.jpg Air Chief Marshal Dawee Chullasapya 1 October 1973 30 September 1974 Royal Thai Air Force
5 กฤษณ์ สีวะรา.jpg General Kris Sivara 1 October 1974 30 September 1975 Royal Thai Army
6 สงัด ชลออยู่.jpg Admiral Sangad Chaloryu 1 October 1975 30 September 1976 Royal Thai Navy
7 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg Air Chief Marshal Kamon Dachatungkha 1 October 1976 30 September 1977 Royal Thai Air Force
8 Kriangsak Chomanan.png General Kriangsak Chamanan 1 October 1977 30 September 1978 Royal Thai Army
9 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Serm Na Nagara 1 October 1979 30 September 1981 Royal Thai Army
10 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Saiyud Kerdphol 1 October 1981 30 September 1983 Royal Thai Army
11 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Arthit Kamlang-ek 1 October 1983 31 August 1986 Royal Thai Army
12 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg Admiral Supa Gajaseni 1 September 1986 30 September 1987 Royal Thai Navy
13 Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 18 May 2018 01 cropped.jpg General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 1 October 1987 31 March 1990 Royal Thai Army
14 GEN Sundhara Kongsompong, left center, Supreme Commander, Royal Thai Armed Forces, and U.S. Ambassador to Thailand cropped1.jpg General Sunthorn Kongsompong 1 April 1990 30 September 1991 Royal Thai Army
15 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Suchinda Kraprayoon 1 October 1991 4 April 1992 Royal Thai Army
16 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg Air Chief Marshal Kaset Rojananil 6 April 1992 31 July 1992 Royal Thai Air Force
17 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg Air Chief Marshal Voranat Aphichari 1 August 1992 30 September 1994 Royal Thai Air Force
18 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Watanachai Wootisiri 1 October 1994 30 September 1995 Royal Thai Army
19 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Viroj Sangsanit 1 October 1995 30 September 1996 Royal Thai Army
20 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Mongkon Amphornpisit 1 October 1996 30 September 2000 Royal Thai Army
21 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Somphao Chusri 1 October 2000 30 September 2001 Royal Thai Army
22 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg Admiral Narong Yuthavong 1 October 2001 30 September 2002 Royal Thai Navy
23 General Surayud Chulanont.jpg General Surayud Chulanont 1 October 2002 30 September 2003 Royal Thai Army
24 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Somtat Attanand 1 October 2003 30 September 2004 Royal Thai Army
25 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Chaiyasit Shinawatra 1 October 2004 30 September 2005 Royal Thai Army
26 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Ruangroj Mahasaranon 1 October 2005 30 September 2006 Royal Thai Army
27 No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg General Boonsrang Niumpradit 1 October 2006 30 September 2008 Royal Thai Army

Chief of Defence Forces (2008−present)[edit]

Chief of Defence Forces Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
28
Songkitti Jaggabatara
Jaggabatara, SongkittiGeneral
Songkitti Jaggabatara
(born 1950)
1 October 2008 30 September 2011 2 years, 364 days  Royal Thai Army
29
Thanasak Patimaprakorn
Patimaprakorn, ThanasakGeneral
Thanasak Patimaprakorn
(born 1953)
1 October 2011 30 September 2014 2 years, 364 days  Royal Thai Army
30
Worapong Sanganetra (th)
Sanganetra, WorapongGeneral
Worapong Sanganetra (th)
(born 1955)
1 October 2014 30 September 2015 364 days  Royal Thai Army
31
Sommai Kaotira (th)
Kaotira, SommaiGeneral
Sommai Kaotira (th)
(born 1956)
1 October 2015 30 September 2016 365 days  Royal Thai Army
32
Surapong Suwan-ath (th)
Suwan-ath, SurapongGeneral
Surapong Suwan-ath (th)
(born 1956)
1 October 2016 30 September 2017 365 days  Royal Thai Army
33
Thanchaiyan Srisuwan
Srisuwan, ThanchaiyanGeneral
Thanchaiyan Srisuwan
(born 1958)
1 October 2017 Incumbent 258 days  Royal Thai Army

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