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The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has just had a farewell ceremony for 268 retiring generals.  The British Army has 65 officers of general rank in total. (Any comment would be superfluous!)


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 ::)  That's 'generalisation'  ;)  Interesting Hector.
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According to Wikipedia the proportion of generals to enlisted soldiers is 1:212. Perhaps the argument is that every Thai citizen is obliged by the constitution to serve in the military, and therefore the generals are in theoretical command of vast numbers of people?


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This direct quote from Wikipedia is also notable:

Critics claim that external threats to Thailand are negligible in 2019. The Thai government appears to agree: Thailand's new National Security Plan, published in the Royal Gazette on 22 November 2019, sees external geo-political threats to the country as insignificant in the years ahead. The plan, in effect from 19 November 2019 to 30 September 2022, views domestic issues, especially declining faith in the monarchy and political divisions, as greater concerns.

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Hector look what you've started   ;)

"Thailand has a notoriously top-heavy military, with about 1,700 generals – or one general for every 212 soldiers, according to Prof Paul Chambers, a military affairs expert at Naresuan University. On Wednesday, the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF) announced that unnecessary units will be removed, while the setting up of new units under major generals, rear admirals, air vice marshals and other high-ranking officers will be suspended. Some units will be assigned to cover more duties, while unnecessary units will be scrapped, he added. Meanwhile, quotas for some posts will be reduced as post-holders resign, he said.

The new guidelines are expected to cut the number of high-ranking officers – major generals, rear admirals, and air vice marshals – by 5 to 10 per cent. The overhaul will start from this April
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https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30403022
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I don't think many would argue that there is only one country capable of sustaining a global military. China might, in time, but it will likely be decades. Other countries recognised this years ago and some (like the UK) have restructured to become effectively sub-divisions of the US military. There is closer and closer co-operation between the UK, US, Australia, NZ, Japan and Korea, and India is likely to join this group as it pivots away from Russia.

The concern is China, and particularly Taiwan. I think the new position of the Chinese Coast Guard is worrying too - how long before a coast guard vessel fires on (say) a Japanese boat in disputed territory. Or seize Japanese nationals. It seems a dangerous escalation.

The connection to Thailand and the Thai military? Is Thailand playing with fire by trying to balance between both powers? Would it be better trying to be an Asian Switzerland or Sweden? Thailand's last attempt at neutrality didn't go well....