16 Sep 2020
A conscript Seri Butwong died after serving for only 15 days. The hashtag #Abolish conscription hit the twitter top trend as opposition MPs questioned the Armed Forces over their failures in taking care of personnel.
23 Jun 2020
The Thai parliament has opened an online public hearing on a new Military Service Act which abolishes conscription, standardizes welfare and training and penalizes officers who exploit subordinates.
23 Jun 2020
A military court has granted 50,000 baht bail for a former army sergeant who publicly exposed corruption within his division and suffered retaliation.
13 Jun 2020
An Army sergeant has spoken out after finding himself involved in military corruption and has received a questionable lengthy punishment for his pains. Military reform, civilian control and systematic external monitoring are needed to shed light on an uncomfortable truth within the Thai military.
14 Feb 2020
Around a hundred people gathered in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) yesterday (13 February) for a candlelight vigil to mourn the victims of the Nakhon Ratchasima mass shooting, which took place on Saturday night and Sunday morning (8-9February), and to demand that Gen Apirat Kongsompong take responsibility by resigning from his position as army chief.
18 Oct 2019
Yesterday (18 October), 70 Future Forward Party (FFP) MPs voted not to approve the Emergency Decree to transfer the control of two infantry regiments to King Vajiralongkorn, going against the rest of parliament, including their opposition allies.
3 Oct 2019
King Vajiralongkorn gains two infantry regiments by Emergency Decree, indicating an extensive round of military reform. The government has enacted an Emergency Decree to transfer the 1st and 11th Infantry Regiments, the King’s Guard, to His Majesty’s personal control. The two regiments were previously in the military chain of command under the Royal Thai Army and the Ministry of Defence.
5 Mar 2019
Lt Gen Pongsakorn Rodchompoo, Deputy Leader of the Future Forward Party, will be prosecuted by the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) for sharing a fake news item about Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, but he says his action was unintentional.
13 May 2016
A recent survey has shown that the majority of Thai people want the size and tasks of Thai military to be curtailed, and believe it should not have any responsibility other than protecting national sovereignty. People Poll Thailand has published the result of a survey on Thai military reform, revealing that more that 79 percent of respondents think that the size of the Thai military should be reduced, and only 11.9 percent think that the current size is appropriate.
13 Nov 2015
While the Thai junta insists their primary mission is to reform the country, a year has lapsed since the National Reform Council (NRC) presented 505 reform proposals to the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA).