BANGKOK, 22 August 2011 – Defence Minister General Yuthasak Sasiprapa has confirmed that the upcoming annual military reshuffle will be made on knowledge, ability and seniority of each candidate.
The minister told the press that he so far has not received the reshuffle list and he admitted that he still has no authority to consider or make changes to it until the government has completed elucidating its policy statement to Parliament.
General Yuthasak however noted that initial discussion on this issue had already been made with military commanders. He said the annual appointment and transfer will not focus on classmates in the cadet school but will be based on knowledge, capability and seniority of each candidate.
The minister believed that unity and understanding can be created when military commanders work together more closely regardless of the years or classes in a military school they attended.
As for the birthday anniversary of Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda on 26 August, General Yuthasak said he is not sure if he can go to bid birthday wishes for the privy councillor or not, and he will consider it again within these few days.