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Apirat pulls out of Army test visit at last minute

By Jitraporn Senwong
The Nation

 

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Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong, possibly in an attempt to avoid questions about politics, at the last minute cancelled his scheduled visit to the annual army endurance, English proficiency and general knowledge tests at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC)'s stadium in Bangkok on Friday, and instead assigned his assistant General Kukiat Srinaka to the task.

 

The latest round of the twice-yearly tests – held in February and August – saw 73 regimental commanders undergone two tests on English proficiency and on general knowledge, while 325 battalion commanders underwent the fitness test and the English proficiency test.

 

The rigorous fitness tests assess stamina and strength, with officers required to do a series of two-minute push-ups and two-minute sit-ups as well as a two-kilometre run. Officers must get at least 50 per cent scores depending on their functions. If their duties involved warfare they must achieve 70 per cent, while if their duties were in supporting missions they must score 55 per cent. 

 

Among officers attending the tests were two colonels who had been wounded in two separate insurgent attacks in the deep South –Cavalry Centre commanding officer and former Yala special task force leader Colonel Pongthorn Tappikorn whose left leg was amputated in the 2010 bomb attack while inspecting a bomb scene, and Army Non Commissioned Officer School commanding officer Colonel Sorachet Dee-eua who was wounded in the 2010 bomb attack in Pattani while on duty to provide security to the locals.

 

Head of the Army’s 3rd Medical Battalion (Surathampitak Military Camp), Lt-Colonel Pak Loharachun, who became widely known from the Chiang Rai cave rescue mission of 13 young footballers last year, also attended and obtained a 100 per cent score with 90 push-ups, 83 sit-ups and a 7.56-minute run over 2 kilometres.

 

As part of the tests, organised as per Apirat's policy dubbed "Smart Soldiers, Strong Army", a ceremony will be held at the Royal Thai Army headquarter in the afternoon to present awards to those regimental commanders who obtained the highest scores in English tests, as well as those battalion commanders who obtained a 100 per cent score from the fitness test, the highest score in their age group or the highest scores in the English test.

 

Source: nationthailand.com/news/30374869

 

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22 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Apirat was not available to take the tests as he was busy organizing his up coming change of employment.

I'm tipping he will be pulled straight into the Prayut junta camp as a replacement for Tick Tock Prawit. 

If that's the case he will have very small shoes to fill. 

He is getting into the swing of things by giving interviews to Reuters on matters such "fake news". Something he knows a lot about given that he is a master himself of fake news.

Just recently he blurted out he knew that the most recent bombers were the same ones as in 2006; implying they were his hated enemies the Shins and their subversive mates.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-military/the-threat-now-is-fake-news-thai-army-chief-describes-hybrid-war-idUSKCN1UZ1L3

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8 minutes ago, Cadbury said:

I'm tipping he will be pulled straight into the Prayut junta camp as a replacement for Tick Tock Prawit. 

If that's the case he will have very small shoes to fill. 

He is getting into the swing of things by giving interviews to Reuters on matters such "fake news". Something he knows a lot about given that he is a master himself of fake news.

Just recently he blurted out he knew that the most recent bombers were the same ones as in 2006; implying they were his hated enemies the Shins and their subversive mates.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-military/the-threat-now-is-fake-news-thai-army-chief-describes-hybrid-war-idUSKCN1UZ1L3

"Very small shoes" and a very big wide seat.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Apirat pulls out of Army test visit

 

Apirat decided not to attend as these tests have nothing to do with the real purpose and mission of the Thai army….which is making money for the generals and their friends.

 

 

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Pulled out of his BFT eh?

At his age and seniority I would have thought he would have got a Bedford to take him round!

 

After all it's not as if some LCpl PTI is going to say:"failures stand over there - that includes you sir"!

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30 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

He was probably busy organising the next coup, these things don't organise themselves you know 😎

First five chapters of the tactics précis at military academy, just follow the usual drills...

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If he (Apiprat) is given a senior position in the junta government then it doesn't bode well for many as his prejudice on many fronts has been noted on numerous occasions. Not to mention the extent of his own brainwashing has been on ample display along with a propensity for gaff prone statements to the media. He's a liability really for Prayut, but he'd never see it. 

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I'm just struck by this factoid:

 

If their duties involved warfare they must achieve 70 per cent,

 

Where does doing anything at this level get you anywhere?

 

The other level was 50% which we can understand being Thailand at an actual 30-35%

 

We need more subs!

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