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The Chief of Defence Forces, previously known as the Supreme Commander, (Thai: ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด) is the overall field commander of Royal Thai Armed Forces. He is also in charge of managing the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. Prior to 1960 the post was an ad hoc creation by Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, during World War II. However, under Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat the position became permanent, and in its early life was even combined with the post of Prime Minister of Thailand. In February 2008 the English name of the post was changed from Supreme Commander to Chief of Defence Forces with the reorganization of the Supreme Command Headquarters into the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters (though the Thai term remained the same). The current commander is General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan since 2017.

Chief of Defence Forces
ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด
Flag Thai Chief of the Defence Forces.svg
Standard of the supreme commander
Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan

since 1 October 2017
Nominator Minister of Defense
Appointer HM the King
Inaugural holder Plaek Phibunsongkhram
Formation 13 November 1940
Website Commands HQ commanders

Contents

List of ChiefsEdit

Supreme Commander (1941−2008)Edit

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends Branch
1   Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram 13 November 1940 30 April 1941 Royal Thai Army
12 November 1941 24 November 1943
2   Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat 27 September 1957 8 December 1963 Royal Thai Army
3   Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn 11 December 1963 30 September 1973 Royal Thai Army
4   Air Chief Marshal Dawee Chullasapya 1 October 1973 30 September 1974 Royal Thai Air Force
5   General Kris Sivara 1 October 1974 30 September 1975 Royal Thai Army
6   Admiral Sangad Chaloryu 1 October 1975 30 September 1976 Royal Thai Navy
7   Air Chief Marshal Kamon Dachatungkha 1 October 1976 30 September 1977 Royal Thai Air Force
8   General Kriangsak Chamanan 1 October 1977 30 September 1978 Royal Thai Army
9   General Serm Na Nagara 1 October 1979 30 September 1981 Royal Thai Army
10   General Saiyud Kerdphol 1 October 1981 30 September 1983 Royal Thai Army
11   General Arthit Kamlang-ek 1 October 1983 31 August 1986 Royal Thai Army
12   Admiral Supa Gajaseni 1 September 1986 30 September 1987 Royal Thai Navy
13   General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh 1 October 1987 31 March 1990 Royal Thai Army
14   General Sunthorn Kongsompong 1 April 1990 30 September 1991 Royal Thai Army
15   General Suchinda Kraprayoon 1 October 1991 4 April 1992 Royal Thai Army
16   Air Chief Marshal Kaset Rojananil 6 April 1992 31 July 1992 Royal Thai Air Force
17   Air Chief Marshal Voranat Aphichari 1 August 1992 30 September 1994 Royal Thai Air Force
18   General Watanachai Wootisiri 1 October 1994 30 September 1995 Royal Thai Army
19   General Viroj Sangsanit 1 October 1995 30 September 1996 Royal Thai Army
20   General Mongkon Amphornpisit 1 October 1996 30 September 2000 Royal Thai Army
21   General Somphao Chusri 1 October 2000 30 September 2001 Royal Thai Army
22   Admiral Narong Yuthavong 1 October 2001 30 September 2002 Royal Thai Navy
23   General Surayud Chulanont 1 October 2002 30 September 2003 Royal Thai Army
24   General Somtat Attanand 1 October 2003 30 September 2004 Royal Thai Army
25   General Chaiyasit Shinawatra 1 October 2004 30 September 2005 Royal Thai Army
26   General Ruangroj Mahasaranon 1 October 2005 30 September 2006 Royal Thai Army
27   General Boonsrang Niumpradit 1 October 2006 30 September 2008 Royal Thai Army

Chief of Defence Forces (2008−present)Edit

Chief of Defence Forces Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
28Jaggabatara, SongkittiGeneral
Songkitti Jaggabatara
(born 1950)
1 October 200830 September 20112 years, 364 days  Royal Thai Army
29Patimaprakorn, ThanasakGeneral
Thanasak Patimaprakorn
(born 1953)
1 October 201130 September 20142 years, 364 days  Royal Thai Army
30Sanganetra, WorapongGeneral
Worapong Sanganetra (th)
(born 1955)
1 October 201430 September 2015364 days  Royal Thai Army
31Kaotira, SommaiGeneral
Sommai Kaotira (th)
(born 1956)
1 October 201530 September 2016365 days  Royal Thai Army
32Suwan-ath, SurapongGeneral
Surapong Suwan-ath (th)
(born 1956)
1 October 201630 September 2017365 days  Royal Thai Army
33Srisuwan, ThanchaiyanGeneral
Thanchaiyan Srisuwan
(born 1958)
1 October 2017Incumbent281 days  Royal Thai Army

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