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Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services

The Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services (Burmese: တပ်မတော်ကာကွယ်ရေးဦးစီးချုပ်) is the commanding officer of the Tatmadaw (Burmese: တပ်မတော်), the armed forces of Myanmar.

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services
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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing

since 30 March 2011
Ministry of Defence
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofNational Defence and Security Council
Reports toNational Defence and Security Council
SeatNaypyidaw, Myanmar
NominatorNational Defence and Security Council
AppointerPresident of Myanmar
Term lengthNo fixed term
First holderGeneral Aung San
Unofficial namesတပ်ချုပ်၊ကာချုပ်
DeputyDeputy Commander-in-Chief
WebsiteOfficial website

List of Commanders-in-ChiefEdit

Commanders-in-Chief of Defence Services[1] Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1San, AungMajor General
Aung San
194519 July 1947 †1–2 years  Myanmar Army
2Yar, LetBrigadier
Let Yar
19 July 19474 January 1948169 days  Myanmar Army
3Dun, SmithLieutenant General
Smith Dun
4 January 194831 January 19491 year, 27 days  Myanmar Army
4Win, NeGeneral
Ne Win
1 February 194920 April 197223 years, 79 days  Myanmar Army
5Yu, SanGeneral
San Yu
20 April 19721 March 19741 year, 315 days  Myanmar Army
6Oo, TinGeneral
Tin Oo
(born 1927)
1 March 19746 March 19762 years, 5 days  Myanmar Army
7Htin, KyawGeneral
Kyaw Htin
6 March 19763 November 19859 years, 242 days  Myanmar Army
8Maung, SawSenior General
Saw Maung
4 November 198522 April 19926 years, 170 days  Myanmar Army
9Shwe, ThanSenior General
Than Shwe
(born 1933)
22 April 199230 March 201118 years, 342 days  Myanmar Army
10Hlaing, MinSenior General
Min Aung Hlaing
(born 1956)
30 March 2011Incumbent8 years, 145 days  Myanmar Army


  1. ^ Founder of modern Myanmar Army, leader of Thirty Comrades, father of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San was offered a post of Deputy Inspector General of post-World War II Burma Army under Major General T. Thomas but declined. He never served as Commander-in-Chief of post-World War II Burma Army but became Vice Chairman of HM Governor's council (Prime Minister) and Defence Councillor (Defence Minister from 22 September 1946 to 19 July 1947 according to Myanmar Official History records).
  2. ^ Member of Thirty Comrades, Vice Commander-in-Chief of PBF in 1945. Aung San chose him to replace him as a Deputy Inspector General of post-World War II Burma Army in December 1945. Became Brigadier and replaced Aung San as Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister when the latter was assassinated on 19 July 1947. Was made to resign from the post in February 1949 by AFPFL Government according to "Phay Phay Bo Let Yar by his daughter, Dr Khin Let Yar and other Myanmar official history records. Never was a Commander-in-Chief of post-World War II Burma Army.
  3. ^ Ethnic Karen, forced to retire due to the Karen conflict.
  4. ^ Later became President and Chairman of Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP). Position designated as Chief of Staff of Defense Services.
  5. ^ Later became President.
  6. ^ Later became Vice-Chairman of National League for Democracy.


  1. ^ Maung Aung Myoe, Building the Tatmadaw, Appendix (6)