List of commanders-in-chief 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
อภิรัชต์ คงสมพงษ์.jpg
Incumbent
General Apirat Kongsompong

since 1 October 2018
Member ofRTA
NCPO
Reports toMinister of Defence
NominatorMinister of Defense
AppointerKing of Thailand
Inaugural holderPrince Damrong Rajanubhab
Formation1887
WebsiteThai 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 Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army is regarded as the most prestigious Thai military position since he commands the largest force of Thailand.

The following individuals have commanded the Royal Thai Army:

Royal Siamese Army[edit]

No. Name Title Took office Left office Time in office
1
Ditsawarakuman, the Prince Damrong Rajanubhab
Rajanubhab, DamrongGeneral
Ditsawarakuman, the Prince Damrong Rajanubhab
(1862–1943)
Grand-officer to the army8 April 188715 April 18903 years, 7 days
2
Chao Phraya Surasakmontri
Surasakmontri, ChaoField Marshal
Chao Phraya Surasakmontri
(1862–1943)
Commander of the Department of Army15 April 189027 March 18921 year, 347 days
3
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
Savangwongse, BhanurangsiField Marshal
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation1 April 189216 March 18963 years, 350 days
4
Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong
Nuwattiwong, NarisaraGeneral
Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong
(1863–1947)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation16 March 18961 April 18993 years, 16 days
(3)
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
Savangwongse, BhanurangsiField Marshal
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation1 April 18998 August 19012 years, 129 days
5
Prince Chirapravati Voradej
Voradej, ChirapravatiField Marshal
Prince Chirapravati Voradej
(1859–1928)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation
Minister of Defense
8 August 19014 February 191311 years, 180 days
6
Chao Phraya Bodindhra Dejanuchit [th]
Dejanuchit, ChaoField Marshal
Chao Phraya Bodindhra Dejanuchit [th]
(1856–1921)
Commander of the Department of Military Operation1 April 191425 August 1921 †7 years, 146 days
7
Chao Phraya Bodindechanuchit [th]
Dejanuchit, ChaoGeneral
Chao Phraya Bodindechanuchit [th]
(1867–1961)
Minister of Defense1 April 19223 August 19264 years, 124 days
8
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
Sukhumbandhu, ParibatraField Marshal
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
(1881–1944)
Minister of Defense3 August 192631 March 19281 year, 241 days
9
Prince Boworadet
BoworadetGeneral
Prince Boworadet
(1881–1944)
Minister of Defense25 October 192816 June 19312 years, 234 days
10
Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha
Chalermlabha, VudhijayaGeneral
Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha
(1881–1944)
Minister of Defense8 November 193128 June 1932233 days

Royal Thai Army[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends
11
(1)
Phraya Pahol.jpg General Phraya Phahonphonphayuhasena
(Phot Phahonyothin)
1932 1938
12
(1)
Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.jpg Field Marshal Luang Phibunsongkhram
(Plaek Phibunsongkhram)
1938 1944
13 Lieutenant General Luang Kriengsakpichit.jpg Lieutenant General Phichit Kriangsakphichit 6 Aug 1944 24 Aug 1944
11
(2)
Phraya Pahol.jpg General Phraya Phahon Phonphayuhasena
(Phot Phahonyothin)
1944 1946
14 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Adul Aduldejcharat
(Bhat Peungprakhun)
1946 1947
12
(2)
Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram.jpg Field Marshal Luang Phibunsongkhram
(Plaek Phibunsongkhram)
1947 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 กฤษณ์ สีวะรา.jpg General Kris Sivara 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 Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 18 May 2018 01 cropped.jpg General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 1986 1990
26 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Suchinda Kraprayoon 1990 1992
27 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Isarapong Noonpakdee 7 Apr 1992 31 Jul 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 2009
37 Prayut Chan-O-Cha in 1st Infantry Regiment's royal guard uniform.jpg General Prayut Chan-o-cha[1] 2010 2014
38 Udomdej Sitabutr.jpg General Udomdej Sitabutr 2014 2015
39 ธีรชัย นาควานิช 11-06-2018 01 (ครอบตัด).jpg General Teerachai Nakwanich 2015 2016
40 No picture Royal Thai army.svg General Chalermchai Sitthisart 2016 2018
41 อภิรัชต์ คงสมพงษ์.jpg General Apirat Kongsompong[2] 2018 Incumbent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile: Thai General Prayuth Chan-ocha". BBC News. 2014-08-21. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ Nanuam, Wassana (29 September 2018). "New chief to 'strengthen' army". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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