A Speech of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej Given to the Pre - Cadets
"Pre-cadets will assume great responsibilities and become commanders
in the future. Good beginnings can be expected to result in great
successes. Therefore, you should set as your goals from now on:
To have a sense of duty and responsibility; To conduct yourselves
in a disciplined manner; To know how to make sacrifices; To have
integrity; To be patient and to be persevering both academically
and practically as you have been taught; To prove yourselves worthy
and to be the strong future force of the country."
Chitralada Villa, Dusit Palace
January 1, 1960
Brief History of Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS)
On January 27 1958, the Ministry of Defense passed the resolution to
combine the Royal Military Academy Prep-School, the Royal Thai
Naval Academy Prep- School and the Royal Thai Air Force Academy
Prep-School. The objective of the institution formed by integrating
these three academies is to train selected young men to become
commissioned officers of the Thai Armed Forces. Their studying
together would promote unity and harmony that would lead to efficient
coordination and inter-service cooperation during their military
careers. In 1963, the Police department requested that the police
cadets also be allowed to receive training at the Armed Forces
Academies Preparatory School before they were admitted to the
Police Cadet Academy. Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School
is therefore the only institution to admit selected young men
who are to be trained to become commissioned officers. These young
men are determined to sacrifice their lives to protect and serve
their country. The Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School is
under Command of the National Defense Studies Institute, which
is a subordinate unit of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters.
The school's present location is at Sri Ka-Ang sub-district, Ban-Na
district, Nakorn Nayok province. To mark the auspicious opening
of the new facility, the school invited Her Royal Highness Princess
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over the opening ceremony of
the school at its new location on September 15, 2000.
Locations of AFAPS form past
1958 1961 :
temporarily resided with Chulachomklao Royal
1961 2000 :
located at 1875 Rama IV Road, Tambon Lumpini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330, the total area was about 51 acres
2000 present :
the present address is 9 Moo 10, Tambon Sri Ka- Ang, Ban-Na
District, Nakhon Nayok 26110
The Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School's mission is to educate
and equip pre-cadets with the knowledge and professional skills
to be effective military and police officers. Its mandate is to
find their improvement potential and the character traits essential
for becoming leaders of military units, and to train the pre-cadets
to live up to the school's philosophy of unity, knowledge and
The administration of the school is divided into eleven divisions and two offices
The role of headquarters is to coordinate and provide administrative
management in accordance with the school's mission and policy,
as well as to manage financial affairs,
The role of the Education Branch is to provide pre-cadets with an efficient
academic program according to the fundamental academic curriculum
designed by the Ministry of Education and the academic curriculum
introduced by the four service academies.
The role of the Pre-cadet Regiment is to oversee, to command and to provide
basic military training including; professional soldiering, tactics,
weapons studies, discipline, psychology, leadership, and military
and police customs and courtesies.
Statistics and Evaluation Division
The role of the Statistics and Evaluation Division is to collect statistical
data and registration information for pre-cadets enrollment. This
information is used to evaluate their academic performance and
is included in their personal records.
Physical Education Division
The role of the Physical Education Division is to provide physical education
and recreational sports. This is emphasized both theoretically
and practically in order to promote physical and mental fitness.
The role of the Medical Division is to administer medical treatment and
preventive disease controls to ensure that pre-cadets are always
in excellent health.
The role of the Support Division is to supply military rations and provisions,
training weapons, transportation, training gear, electronic and
communication devices, and laundry service.
Military Science Division
The role of the Military Science Division is to provide pre-cadets with basic military and police training, tactics, and weapons studies, according to the AFAPS curriculum. It is also responsible for the syllabus development and other tasks assigned.
The Service Company is responsible for the school's security system as well as supporting the school's missions. The company also runs the King's Sufficiency Economy activities for pre-cadets to take part in so that they could apply its principles to live a good life.
Office for Military Education Standards and Quality Assessment of AFAPS
The office is in charge of conducting and supervising the internal quality assessment , and annually producing the Self Assessment Report (SAR) for external quality assessment.
AFAPS Tourist Center
The AFAPS Tourist Center is responsible for providing tourist information
around AFAPS as well as organizing skill-development activities
and recreation activities for people visiting AFAPS.
The current three-year program was implemented in 2007 to match
the senior high
school course level of the Fundamental Academic Curriculum, designed
by the Ministry of
Education. Great emphasis is placed on mathematics, science, foreign
science, and the Thai religion and culture. The program also includes
which aim at developing leadership, promoting physical and mental
fitness, and inculcating
integrity and military and police ethic with a focus on practical
training such as basic military
training, field exercises, and a study-visit to military bases
and schools. There are also
educational tours to some of the Thai historic sites conducted
as part of the Thai history and
Thai identity studies. After having completed the three-year program
with the qualified GPA
of not less than 2.00, pre-cadets are eligible to further their
studies in the three Service
Academies and the Police Cadet Academy.
AFAPS not only educate and equip pre-cadets with the knowledge
and professional skills, but also instil in them the required
character, leadership, and gentlemanship through the following
system and programs:
This is to develop a fundamental attribute of character and gentlemanship.
Pre-cadets must follow the honor code: " We will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate among us those who do " .