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BANGKOK 22 May 2019 06:03
KhunArun

I want to join the Thai military but...

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Hello, was wondering whether I could join the Thai military even if I cannot speak, read or write Thai fluently. 

 

Maybe this comes as a surprise to a few people, but I have been interested in the military for a long time, and Thailand. I have a Thai mother and Australian father, and I live in Australia. I don’t have any Thai documents (no Thai passport or ID) and I am eighteen years old. I am able to speak basic Thai. I am also interested in living in Thailand sometime in the future. 

 

I have read in a few places that they might accept you, but give you simple tasks like office work, translating, etc. 

 

I also read somewhere that if you have a foreign parent, you are “barred from serving in any capacity higher than a lowly private conscript” and I “will not be admitted to officer's school or any of the NCO academies or any other position within the Ministry of Defense.” Is this true? 

 

On a side note, if I serve in the Australian military, will that disallow me from serving in the Thai military if I move there at an older age? 

 

I’m very curious and want to know what possibilities and limitations I have. Sorry for the long questions and thanks in advance. 

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nothing wrong with the aussie army, I served for several years and enjoyed it. From what I have seen here it is no where near as good with very questionable service as to what you are made to do. Also the rate of pay will be a lot better there than here but it is entirely up to you, get you thai citizenship and go for it if thats what you want.

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3 hours ago, Kwasaki said:

If you were my son and you wanted a career in the forces I'd encourage you to join the Oz military if you can.

The army camps here are dismal at best and they just play at being solders. 

Goodluck kiddo.

Also, if you do have some interest in joining the OZ army check what education opportunities are available whilst you in the force. 

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Father and Mother should be Pure Thai, then you need to have Roi Tri for 2 years in Thai School, then you can get Work in Thai forces,

You are mix Thai, which is not allowed to work in forces,

 

 

 

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As others have pointed out, you cannot be promoted in the Thai military unless both parents are Thai citizens, so you would probably spend your time in the military cutting grass and washing dishes.  Also, in the Thai Army you will not get the educational benefits, cheap loans, vocational training that you would get in the Australian Army.

 

I did a bit of research when my stepson turned 18 and went from thinking that it might 'make a man of him' to realizing that enlisting in the Thai military would just be a waste of time.

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If you have a Thai ID card you can join, 

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Yep if you want a military career or even mandatory minimum enlistment join the ADF.  I was a rifleman the Australian army is world recognised professional fighting force held in a much higher esteem then any branch of the Thai military. 

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On 4/23/2019 at 12:30 AM, Thongkorn said:

If you have a Thai ID card you can join, 

@Thongkorn
Father is Australian , Mother is Thai.

even he have Thai ID card, he still can't join Thai Army or Police,

He is mixed Thai Australian
Thai Forces and Police jobs are only for Pure Thai Father and Thai Mother.

 

Thank you

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Posted (edited)

Why would you want to?!?!?

Millions try to get out of it, and here you are trying to get into it!?!?!

 

Live your life and enjoy it. Let the politicians' children go to the military. 

Edited by djayz

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