General Prem Tinsulanonda
Privy Council chairman

A special lecture to CRMA cadets
At Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA)

Friday, July 14, 2006
General Prem Tinsulanonda

Privy Council chairman General Prem Tinsulanonda delivered a special lecture to CRMA cadets, telling them that soldiers should embrace professionalism and reminding them of the fact that soldiers belong to the King, not a government. According to him, the first and foremost duty of every soldier and Thai is to repay the nation.

Elaborating on his comments, Gen Prem likened the government to a jockey and soldiers to horses whose owner stays the same while the jockeys come and go. He further said that every cadet and officer should consider themselves the offspring of the founding father of the academy, King Chulachomklao, as all graduates from the academy pledged allegiance to the flag of the Cadets Corps in front of the statue of King Rama V. He urged soldiers to do good, uphold discipline and the integrity of the uniform understand and distinguish the military’s stance, and the government’s position. He also defined the term “career soldiers” and “professional soldiers.”

A career soldier is one who is a soldier in his heart and soul, who reveres the institutions of the army, nation, religious faiths and the monarchy and who maintains honesty while being self-sacrificing. A career soldier belongs with His Majesty the King and keeps away from politics. A professional soldier is thorough and immaculate about his position and duties and exercises good leadership on which his fellows and the public can count. CRMA is entrusted with the responsibility to produce career and professional soldiers.

Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Muang, Nakhon-Nayok 26001 THAILAND