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Prayut says military draft ‘still necessary’

Prayut says military draft ‘still necessary’

BANGKOK: Conscription is still necessary as enlisted men have played an important role in safeguarding the country’s borders and national defence, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also serves as defence minister.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 14 April 2023, 09:30AM

Photo: Bangkok Post

Photo: Bangkok Post

He made the remarks at Government House on Wednesday (Apr 12) as he sent a message to the public on the eve of Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year.

He wished everyone a safe journey home, reports the Bangkok Post.

“On your way home, please have sympathy for those officials who are on duty along your routes. They are like the 30,000 to 40,000 soldiers who are holding their positions along the nation’s borders, who are not able to return home,” Gen Prayut said.

“We can live safely because they defend the borders for us. Who are they? They are our children. Some came into the armed forces through conscription before stepping up to be non-commissioned or commissioned officers. Without caring for one another, we cannot have unity. Without unity, the country will not be safe,” he added.

His comments came amid calls by some parties campaigning during the lead-up to the May 14 election to end conscription and replace it with voluntary enlistment.

Prayut said it is necessary for civilians, police and the military to stick together in the interests of national security. “Without soldiers at our borders, we would be facing more problems than we do now,” he added.

As defence minister, Prayut said he would do his best to safeguard the nation regardless of political conflicts.

The government is doing all it can to manage changes in the country and is not just focused on making political gains, he added.

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Kurt | 16 April 2023 - 08:27:17

In BKK is a special small army office were people who not like to become conscript can go to buy their way out , pay money and are taken of the 'call list'. This army corruption is well administered and documentated. Never anyone in Senate/Parliament ask a question about this governmental corruption and pocket filling.

JohnC | 15 April 2023 - 08:58:57

Still 'necessary' as a lucrative way to get bribes not to be conscripted. Lots of Thai men I knew years ago, their families paid considerable amounts of cash to not have to draw the dreaded red card. Still common practice today. Bet the children of the Hi-Sos don't get conscripted.


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