List of Commanders of the Royal Thai Army

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Chief of the Royal Thai Army
ผู้บัญชาการทหารบก
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army.svg
Rank flag of the commander-in-chief
Incumbent
General Chalermchai Sitthisart

since 1 October 2016
Nominator Minister of Defense
Appointer King of Thailand
Inaugural holder Prince Damrong Rajanubhab
Formation 1887
Website Thai Army Commander

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.

The following individuals have commanded the Royal Thai Army:

Royal Siamese Army[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Position Term begins Term ends
1 Prince Damrong Rajanubhab.jpg General Ditsawarakuman, the Prince Damrong Rajanubhab Grand-officer to the army 1887 1890
2 Phraya Surasakmontri.jpg Field Marshal Cherm Seang-Chuto, Chao Phraya Surasakmontri Commander of the Department of Army 1890 1892
3
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Bhanurangsi Savangwongse.jpg Field Marshal Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, the Prince Banubandhu Vongsevoradej Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1892 1896
4 Naritsaranuwattiwong - 001.jpg General Chitcharoen, the Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1896 1899
3
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Bhanurangsi Savangwongse.jpg Field Marshal Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, the Prince Banubandhu Vongsevoradej Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1899 1901
5 Field Marshal Prince Chirapravati Voradej.jpg Field Marshal Chirapravati Voradej, Prince of Nakhon Chaisri Commander of the Department of Military Operation
Minister of Defense
1901 1913
6 Field Marshal Chao Phraya Bodindechanuchit (Mom Rajawongse Aroon Chatkul).jpg Field Marshal Mom Rajawongse Arun Chatrakul, Chao Phraya Bodindhra Dejanuchit Commander of the Department of Military Operation 1914 1921
7 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Yeam Na Nagara, Chao Phraya Bodindhorn Dejanuchit Minister of Defense 1922 1926
8 Paribatra Sukhumbhand.jpg Field Marshal Paribatra Sukhumbhand, Prince of Nakorn Sawan Minister of Defense 1926 1928
9 General HH Prince Boworadet.jpg General HH Prince Boworadet Minister of Defense 1928 1931
10 Admiral HRH Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha.jpg Admiral Vudhijaya Chalermlabha, Prince of Singha Minister of Defense 1931 1932

Royal Thai Army[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends
11
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Phraya Pahol.jpg General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena (Phot Phahonyothin) 1932 1938
12
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Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.jpg Field Marshal Luang Pibulsonggram (Plaek Pibulsonggram) 1938 1944
13 Lieutenant General Luang Kriengsakpichit.jpg Lieutenant General Pichit Kriengsakpichit 6 August 1944 24 August 1944
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Phraya Pahol.jpg General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena (Phot Phahonyothin) 1944 1946
14 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Adul Adulyadejchrat (Bhat Peungprakhun) 1946 1947
12
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Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.jpg Field Marshal Luang Pibulsonggram (Plaek Pibulsonggram) 9 November 1947 15 May 1948
15 Phin Choonhavan.jpg Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan 1948 1954
16 Sarit Dhanarajata.jpg Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat 1954 1963
17 Thanom Kittikachorn 1960 02.jpg Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn 1963 1964
18 Praphas Charusathien.jpg Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien 1964 1973
19 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Kris Srivara 1973 1975
20 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Boonchai Bamroongpong 1975 1976
21 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Serm Na Nagara 1976 1978
22 Prem Tinsulanoda cropped.JPG General Prem Tinsulanonda 1978 1981
23 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Prayut Jarumanee 1981 1982
24 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Arthit Kamlang-ek 1982 1986
25 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 1986 1990
26 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Suchinda Kraprayoon 1990 7 April 1992
27 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Isarapong Noonpakdee 7 April 1992 31 July 1992
28 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Vimol Vongvanich 1992 1995
29 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Pramon Plasindhi 1995 1996
30 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Chettha Thannajaro 1996 1998
31 General Surayud Chulanont.jpg General Surayud Chulanont 1998 2002
32 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Somtat Attanand 2002 2003
33 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Chaiyasit Shinawatra 2003 2004
34 Prawit Wongsuwan Thailand's Minister of Defense.jpg General Prawit Wongsuwan 2004 2005
35 Sonthi Boonyaratglin (cropped).png General Sonthi Boonyaratglin 2005 2007
36 Anupong Paochinda (in 1st Infantry Regiment's royal guard uniform).jpg General Anupong Paochinda 2007 2010
37 Prayut Chan-O-Cha in 1st Infantry Regiment's royal guard uniform.jpg General Prayut Chan-o-cha 2010 2014
38 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Udomdej Sitabutr 2014 2015
39 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Teerachai Nakwanich 2015 2016
40 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Chalermchai Sitthisart 2016 Incumbent

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