RTARF touts three-year strategic plan

RTARF touts three-year strategic plan

The Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) is preparing a three-year operation plan for safeguarding the country's sovereignty and national interests.

RTARF deputy spokeswoman Chatraphi Poonsawat said the 2020-2022 plan will be based on input from agencies concerned including the three armed forces, the National Security Council and the National Economic and Social Development Council.

The plan, which is in accordance with the national strategic plan, covers the RTARF's preparations to support the armed forces in carrying out their missions in any situation in a timely fashion, she said.

The drawing up of the proposed plan was unveiled after a meeting between Chief of Defence Forces Gen Chalermpol Srisawasdi and leaders of the three armed forces and the national police chief, where information was exchanged to help prepare for future operations.

According to Col Chatraphi, the three armed forces and the Royal Thai Police also gave an update on their projects. The army is ready to implement a special recruitment programme targeting army reservists.

Under the programme, which is pending approval from the defence minister, army reservists who are recruited will be offered additional benefits, including opportunities to enrol at the army's non-commissioned officer schools.

Col Chatraphi said the army hopes that the special recruitment programme will offer a career path for soldiers.

Meanwhile, the navy plans to promote Sat Phra Racha Su Kan Phatthana Yang Yangyuen (The King's Knowledge for Sustainable Development) among its personnel and the general public by setting up learning centres at 10 naval units across the country, including Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phangnga and Trat.

She said the navy will also launch a scheme to promote the Khok Nong Na agricultural concept for its personnel and general public.

According to Col Chatraphi, the air force will push ahead with its plan to enhance cyber technology and prepare its personnel to deal with space security.

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