Chom Phon ( th|จอมพล, จอมพลทหารบก) or Field Marshal is the most senior rank of the
Royal Thai Army The Royal Thai Army or RTA ( th|กองทัพบกไทย; ) is the army of Thailand and the oldest and largest branch of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. History Origin The Royal Thai Army is responsible for protecting the kingdom's sover ...

Royal Thai Army
, considered the equivalent to a
Field Marshal Field marshal (or field-marshal, abbreviated as FM) is the most senior military rank, ordinarily senior to the general officer ranks. Usually it is the highest rank in an army and as such few persons are appointed to it. It is considered as a fi ...

Field Marshal
or
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General of the Army
(although 'Field Marshal' is more widely used). Today it is ceremonially held by members of the
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Thai Royal family
and exists only on paper in the Thai military. It has not been awarded to a regular commissioned officer since 1973. The
Royal Thai Navy The Royal Thai Navy (Abrv: RTN, ทร.; th|กองทัพเรือไทย, ), Thailand's naval warfare force, was established in 1906. It was modernised by the Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse (1880–1923) who is known as the fat ...

Royal Thai Navy
equivalent is known as ''
Chom Phon Ruea
Chom Phon Ruea
'' ('Admiral of the Fleet') and ''
Chom Phon Akat
Chom Phon Akat
'' ('Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force') for the
Royal Thai Air Force "Royal Thai Air Force March" | mascot = | anniversaries = 9 April 1937 (Royal Thai Air Force Day) | equipment = | equipment_label = | battles = * World War I ** Western Front * Boworadet rebellion * World War II ** Franco–Thai War ** Japa ...

Royal Thai Air Force
. The
King of Thailand The monarchy of Thailand (whose monarch is referred to as the King of Thailand or historically, King of Siam; th|พระมหากษัตริย์ไทย) refers to the constitutional monarchy and monarch of the Kingdom of Thailand ( ...

King of Thailand
as
head of the armed forces
head of the armed forces
is automatically made a ''Chom Phon'' upon
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accession
. The rank was formally created in 1888, together with all
other ranks of the military
other ranks of the military
by King
Chulalongkorn Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V, reigning title Phra Chula Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua) (Thai: จุฬาลงกรณ์; RTGS: Chunlalongkorn ; 20 September 1853 – 23 October 1910), was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Cha ...

Chulalongkorn
(Rama V), who wanted to modernize his
armed forces A military, also known collectively as armed forces, is a heavily armed, highly organized force primarily intended for warfare. It is typically officially authorized and maintained by a sovereign state, with its members identifiable by their ...

armed forces
along Western lines. Apart from the monarchs, there have been 13 appointments to this rank.


Supreme Head of the Army


List of Field Marshals


See also

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Military ranks of the Thai armed forces Royal Thai Army The Royal Thai Army (RTA) (กองทัพบกไทย, RTGS Kong Thap Bok Thai, ) is the land-based part of the Thai military. Officers Other ranks Private 1st class is a rank assigned to conscripts after they have finish ...

Military ranks of the Thai armed forces
**
Admiral of the Fleet (Thailand)
Admiral of the Fleet (Thailand)
(Chom Phon Ruea): equivalent rank in the
Royal Thai Navy The Royal Thai Navy (Abrv: RTN, ทร.; th|กองทัพเรือไทย, ), Thailand's naval warfare force, was established in 1906. It was modernised by the Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse (1880–1923) who is known as the fat ...

Royal Thai Navy
**
Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force Chom Phon Akat ( th|จอมพลอากาศ) or Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force is a 5-star rank and the most senior rank in the Royal Thai Air Force. It is equivalent to a Field Marshal (or ''Chom Phon'') in the Royal Thai Army and an ...

Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force
(Chom Phon Akat): equivalent rank in the
Royal Thai Air Force "Royal Thai Air Force March" | mascot = | anniversaries = 9 April 1937 (Royal Thai Air Force Day) | equipment = | equipment_label = | battles = * World War I ** Western Front * Boworadet rebellion * World War II ** Franco–Thai War ** Japa ...

Royal Thai Air Force
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Field marshal Field marshal (or field-marshal, abbreviated as FM) is the most senior military rank, ordinarily senior to the general officer ranks. Usually it is the highest rank in an army and as such few persons are appointed to it. It is considered as a fi ...

Field marshal
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List of field marshals
List of field marshals
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Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces The Head of the Thai Armed Forces ( th|จอมทัพไทย; ) is a position vested in the Thai monarch, who as sovereign and head of state is the commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. The position is only nominal. The armed for ...

Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces


References

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Chom phon Chom Phon ( th|จอมพล, จอมพลทหารบก) or Field Marshal is the most senior rank of the Royal Thai Army, considered the equivalent to a Field Marshal or General of the Army (although 'Field Marshal' is more widely used). ...

Chom phon
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