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The Royal Thai Armed Forces is the name of  the military of the Kingdom of Thailand. It consists of the following branches:


   * Royal Thai Army

    * Royal Thai Navy

    * Royal Thai Marine Corps

    * Royal Thai Air Force

    * Other Paramilitary Forces


Today the Royal Thai Armed Forces comprises about 1,025,640 personnel. The Head of the Thai Armed Forces is His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), however this position is only nominal.


The Armed Forces is managed by the Ministry of Defence of Thailand, which is headed by the Minister of Defence ( a member of the Cabinet of Thailand ) and commanded by the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, which in turn is headed by the Chief of  Defence Forces of Thailand.


According to the Constitution of the Kingdom, serving in the Armed Forces is a duty of all Thai citizens .However only males over the age of 21, who have not gone through reserve training are subjected to a random draft. Those chosen randomly are subjected to  24 months full time service, while volunteers are subjected to 18 months service, depending on their education.


The Royal Thai Armed Forces Day is celebrated on January 18th to commemorate the victory of King Naresuan the Great in battle against the Crown Prince of Burma in 1593.

Royal Thai Army Seal

Royal Thai Navy Seal

Royal Thai Air Force Seal

Royal Thai Armed Forces Page 2, The Royal Thai Army