Territorial Defense Command

Coordinates: 13°44′49″N 100°29′42″E / 13.74694°N 100.49500°E / 13.74694; 100.49500
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Territorial Defence Department (1948–2001)
Army Reserve Command (2001–2009)
Territorial Defense Command (2009–present)
Unit Insignia
Country Thailand
Branch Royal Thai Army
Part ofRoyal Thai Army
Lieutenant general Wasu Jiamsuk

The Territorial Defense Command (Thai: หน่วยบัญชาการรักษาดินแดน), known as the Army Reserve Command (หน่วยบัญชาการกำลังสำรอง) from 2001–2009 and the Territorial Defence Department (กรมการรักษาดินแดน) before that, is a department of the Royal Thai Army. It is responsible for the management of the country's reserve affairs, including the training of Territorial Defence Students.

Its headquarters is located on the corner of Sanam Chai and Charoen Krung roads. Its main building, a two-storey neoclassical structure, was built in 1922, and is listed as a registered ancient monument.[1]


The Territorial Defense Command, established from the 'Kingdom's Territory Defense' act in B.E. 2491 (1948), was formed in the aftermath of the coup d'état of B.E. 2490. Its creation aimed to facilitate civilian participation in national defense and to reduce military expenditures.

Later, Territorial Defence Students received the benefit of exemption from conscription.

The Territorial Defense Command headquarters


  1. ^ "หน่วยบัญชาการกำลังสำรอง : ความสำคัญ" (in Thai). Fine Arts Department. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.

13°44′49″N 100°29′42″E / 13.74694°N 100.49500°E / 13.74694; 100.49500