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Army orders end to conscript deaths

Army orders end to conscript deaths

BANGKOK: Cases of conscripts dying under unusual circumstances during military training must not happen, the Royal Thai Army (RTA) has ordered.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 15 May 2018, 08:42AM


Physical assault egged on by officers and abusing corporal punishment has caused the deaths of inductees during basic training in recent years. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Physical assault egged on by officers and abusing corporal punishment has caused the deaths of inductees during basic training in recent years. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

The directive was part of a military training order signed by Weerachai Inthusophon, assistant to the army chief, which was issued by the RTA recently shortly before new conscripts reported for military service earlier this month.

In recent years, conscript deaths have come under public scrutiny amid rumours of physical assault and corporal punishment at military bases.

According to the order, army instructors must closely monitor the health of those they are in charge of and will face severe disciplinary action in the event of any deaths, Gen Weerachai said.

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Medical staff from Phramongkutklao Hospital and other military hospitals were also deployed to military bases nationwide to provide healthcare and first-aid training for soldiers.

According to the order, all punishments must be conducted strictly in compliance with Ministry of Defence regulations to avoid accusations of physical abuse against conscripts.

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Kurt | 15 May 2018 - 15:05:32

Well, at least the thai army indirectly confess that there is a system of inhumane assault and corporal punishment what can lead to the death of a conscript boy.
How nice that they 'order' now that such has to stop.

BenPendejo | 15 May 2018 - 13:35:57

Boy...what a concept..."Hey you guys, stop killing conscripts!".  Amazing that this has to be put in a special specific order.  Cowardice in uniform is as prevalent as it is in typical Thai street fights.  Real tough guys when they know they won't be hit back.  And sure, "army instructors will face severe disciplinary action...blah blah blah, yeah...severe reassignments.

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