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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 Dhanarajata 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 the 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
No picture Royal Thai armed forces HQ.svg
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

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Supreme CommanderEdit

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 30 September 1986 Royal Thai Army
12   Admiral Supha Gajaseni 1 October 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 ForcesEdit

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends Branch
28   General Songkitti Jaggabatara 1 October 2008 30 September 2011 Royal Thai Army
29   General Thanasak Patimaprakorn 1 October 2011 30 September 2014 Royal Thai Army
30   General Worapong Sanganetra 1 October 2014 30 September 2015 Royal Thai Army
31   General Sommai Kaotira 1 October 2015 30 October 2016 Royal Thai Army
32   General Surapong Suwan-ath 1 October 2016 30 September 2017 Royal Thai Army
33   General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan 1 October 2017 Incumbent Royal Thai Army

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