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The Thai rank of Field Marshal ( th, จอมพล, จอมพลทหารบก, Chom Phon) is the most senior rank of the
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. Today it is ceremonially held by members of the
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and exists only on paper in the Thai military. It has not been awarded to a regular commissioned officer since 1973. The
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equivalent is known as '' Chom Phon Ruea'' ('Admiral of the Fleet') and ''
Chom Phon Akat 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') for the
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. The
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as
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is automatically made a ''Chom Phon'' upon
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. The rank was formally created in 1888, together with all other ranks of the military by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who wanted to modernize his Royal Thai Armed Forces, 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

*Military ranks of the Thai armed forces **List of admirals 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 ) , royal_anthem = '' Sansoen Phra Barami''( en, "Glorify His prestige") , image_map = , map_caption = , capit ...
**List of Marshals of the Royal Thai Air Force, 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 World War I or the First World War, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1, ...
*Field marshal *List of field marshals *Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces


References

{{Military of Thailand Field marshals of Thailand, * Military ranks of Thailand, Chom phon Lists of field marshals, Thailand