Royal Thai Armed Forces Page 2, The Royal Thai Army
The Royal Thai Army is the army of Thailand responsible for protecting its sovereignty.
It is the oldest and largest branch of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. The army was
formed in 1874, partly as a response to new security threats following the Bowring
Treaty with Britain, which opened the country for international trade.
The Royal Thai Army is commanded by the Commander of the Royal Thai Army the current
Commander is General Anupong Paochinda, who was appointed in 2007. The Royal Thai
Army Headquarters is located in a building on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road in Bangkok,
Motto - For The Nation, Religions, King, and People
7 infantry divisions
1 armoured division
1 cavalry division
2 special forces divisions
1 field artillery division
1 air defence artillery division
The Royal Thai Army is divided into 4 Army Regions:
* First Army Region - headquartered in Bangkok and is responsible for the country's
western and central provinces including the capital city.
o 1st, 2nd, 9th and 11th infantry divisions, and
o 1st Development division.
* Second Army Region - headquartered in Nakhon Ratchasima and is responsible
for the northeastern quadrant.
o 3rd, 6th and 12th infantry divisions, and
o 2nd Development divisions.
* Third Army Region - headquartered in Phitsanulok, responsible for the northern
and northwestern parts of the kingdom.
o 4th infantry division,
o 1st armour division, and
o 3rd development division.
* Fourth Army Region - headquartered in Nakhon Si Thammarat, responsible for
o 5th infantry division, and
o 4th development division.
Altogether the army is organized into the following Tactical Units:
* 7 infantry divisions (including 5 tank battalions),
* 1 armoured division,
* 1 cavalry division (a light armour division),
* 2 special forces divisions trained and geared for small unit special and airborne
* 1 field artillery division, and
* 1 air defence artillery division.
* 8 independent infantry battalions,
* 3 airmobile companies provided the ground force units with battlefield support.
The Royal Thai Army also controls at least one television network, the Thai Global