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Rangers (Thailand)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 254
Country: Thailand
Date formed: Jan. 1, 1978
Details of Formation: Established by PM Chavalit in late 70's to help in the fight against Communist insurgents and to provide a cheaper alternative than the Army to guarding the Cambodian border. They were subsequently used as guards in the refugee camps and border guards along the Burma border and then drafted in to the anti-insurgency operation in the South. The rangers are seperate from the Army and distinct from the Border Patrol Police.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: appear to still be active
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel yes
Types of Material Support: domestic government; crime
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: ethnic; mercenary; adolescents; criminals
Location: Cambodian border, Burmese border, South
Force Strength: [unknown, unknown]
Target(s): rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; foreigners
Purpose(s): protect national borders and integrity; intimidation of ethnic/religious groups
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