Ministry of Defence (Thailand)
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Emblem of the Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defense building, opposite Temple of the Emerald Buddha
|Formed||8 April 1887|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Thailand|
|Headquarters||Phra Nakhon, Bangkok|
The Ministry of Defence (Thai: กระทรวงกลาโหม; rtgs: Krasuang Kalahom; Abrv: MOD), is a cabinet-level government department of the Kingdom of Thailand. The ministry controls and manages the Royal Thai Armed Forces to maintain national security, territorial integrity, and national defence. The armed forces of Thailand composed of three branches: the Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy, and Royal Thai Air Force.
Although the king of Thailand is the supreme head of the Thai armed forces (Thai: จอมทัพไทย) his position is only nominal. The ministry and the forces are administered by an appointed politician, the Minister of Defence, a member of the Cabinet of Thailand. The post of Minister of Defence has been held by General Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, since August 2014.
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Initially the Ministry was called "Samuha Kalahom" (Thai: สมุหกลาโหม) or Kalahom Department, and was charged with the protection the southern border. It was founded in the late Ayutthaya period and was retained in the Rattanakosin period. The ministry in its current form was formed in 1887, by the order of King Chulalongkorn, to create a permanent military command. This was a result of the increasing threat posed by Western powers. The ministry was first housed in an old horse and elephant stable opposite the Grand Palace. A new European-style building was built to house it. At first the ministry only commanded the army (founded in 1847), it then incorporated the navy (founded in 1887), and finally the air force (founded in 1913). In 1914, King Vajiravudh determined that the act providing for invoking martial law, first promulgated by his father in 1907, was not consistent with modern laws of war nor convenient for the preservation of the external or internal security of the state, so it was changed to the modern form that, with minor amendments, continues to be in force.
List of Ministers
Ministry of Defense
|General Prawit Wongsuwon|
|General Udomdej Sitabutr|
|General Preecha Chan-O-Cha|
|Deputy Permanent Secretary
|Admiral Anuthai Rattarangsi, General Chaichan Changmongkol, General Porpol Mandarin, Air Chief Marshal Siwakiat Jayema|
Royal Thai Armed Forces HQ
|Chief of the Defense Forces
|General Sommai Kaotira|
|Deputy Chief of the Defense Forces
|General Wichien Sirisoonthorn, Admiral Prasarn Sukasetara, Air Chief Marshal Taworn Maneepluek, General Prasooth Rusmepate|
Royal Thai Army
Royal Thai Navy
Royal Thai Air Force
|General Teerachai Nakwanich||Admiral Na Arreenich||Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance|
|General Walit Rochanapakdee||Admiral Narongpol Nabangchang||Air Chief Marshal Wattana Maneenai|
|General Rampant Ruddit
General Chalermchai Sitthisad
|Admiral Graivut Vattanatham||Air Chief Marshal Twidanes Angsusingha
Air Chief Marshal Padet Wongpinkaew
|Chief of Staff
|General Pisit Sitthisarn||Admiral Panlop Tamisanon||Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang|
- Royal Aide de Camp Department
- The War Veterans Department
- Battery Organization
- The Leather Tanning Organization
- Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School
- National Defence College of Thailand
- Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
- Royal Thai Naval Academy
- "Phrarātchabanyan ngoppramān rāičhāi pračham pīngoppramān phutthasakkarāt sǭng phan hā rǭi hāsip kāo" พระราชบัญญัติงบประมาณรายจ่ายประจำปีงบประมาณ พ.ศ. ๒๕๕๙ [Annual Expenditure Budget Act 2016] (PDF). Government Gazette of Thailand (in Thai). Bangkok: Cabinet Secretariat of Thailand. 132 (91 A): 82. 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
- "Phrarātchabanyan ngoppramān rāičhāi pračham pīngoppramān phutthasakkarāt sǭng phan hā rǭi hoksip" พระราชบัญญัติงบประมาณรายจ่ายประจำปีงบประมาณ พ.ศ. ๒๕๖๐ [Annual Expenditure Budget Act 2017] (PDF). Government Gazette of Thailand (in Thai). Bangkok: Cabinet Secretariat of Thailand. 133 (84 A): 88. 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
- Pakorn Nilprapunt (2006). "Martial Law, B.E. 2457 (1914) — unofficial translation" (PDF). thailawforum.com. Office of the Council of State. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
Reference to Thai legislation in any jurisdiction shall be to the Thai version only. This translation has been made so as to establish correct understanding about this Act to the foreigners.