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Retired officers 'to move out of military houses by March’

Feb 19. 2020
Deputy commander-in-chief General Nattaphon Narkphanit
Deputy commander-in-chief General Nattaphon Narkphanit
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By The Nation

The Royal Thai Army has said that not more than 100 retired officers lived in military houses, and they plan to move out within March this year.

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Deputy commander-in-chief General Nattaphon Narkphanit said on Wednesday (February 19) that moving retired officers out of military houses is difficult.

He said that building more houses will not be sufficient and will waste the budget. He suggested that officers be allowed to rent their house in keeping with their rights, and the regulation on welfare houses must be improved, as he thinks it is a good project for officers who do not have their own houses. He said the Army must consider the cause of the existing problem.

Nattaphon said moving retired officers out of military houses must be considered on a case-by-case basis, such as soldiers who worked in border areas.

“There are not more than 100 retired officers living in military houses,” he said. “Besides, we have not received a list of senators who live in military houses.”

Replying to a question from the press on why high-ranking officers lacked the ability to buy their own home, he said this was a personal matter, adding that high-ranking officers who remained in military houses will not affect housing for lower-ranked officers.

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