Military orders, bizarre futures

20 11 2017

Anyone who has watched American movies will be familiar with the “high and tight,” which is a military version of the crew cut and short back and sides. As Wikipedia explains, it “is a very short hairstyle most commonly worn by men in the armed forces of the United States. It is also popular with law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel.” Regulations demand certain styles.

The Thai military and police have tended to follow this “model,” with new recruits often getting a tight buzz cut that looks like the haircut demanded of male school students.

For some reason, those in high positions in Thailand seem to think that a regimental hair cut imposes discipline. It is also part of the hierarchy of control.

It is also a throwback to feudal haircuts.

So who wants a feudal restoration and feudal discipline? The king, of course.

Khaosod reports that the army and the police have been ordered “all soldiers to wear the same haircut as members of … the King’s personal bodyguards.” The style is the “904 cut,” which “involves shaving the sides and back of the head, leaving just a smack of hair on the top.”

The police have received similar orders.

The leadership of the military and the police have mumbled that this new style is about establishing order and discipline.

For a king who believes in extreme discipline, such orders would not seem out of place. At the same time, in having these orders observed, he is establishing a degree of control over almost half a million soldiers and police.

But there’s more: “The new regulations coincided with the introduction of a novel form of salute imposed upon the army by King Vajiralongkorn. Soldiers are now required to heave out their chests and jerk their heads after performing a typical hand salute.”

This is a quite bizarre, as can be seen in a Khaosod video. As far as we can tell, this is an “innovation.”

Bizarre discipline, feudal haircuts and imposing discipline from the palace. The king is remarkably interventionist, and if supported by the military junta in getting his way, Thailand is in for a rocky ride at the hands of a bizarre king.


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20 03 2018
Distinctive haircuts, odd plainclothes, usual repression | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] was made all the more unlikely “because of their style of haircut,” which seems to follow king’s guidelines on neatness and is called the 904 […]

20 03 2018
Distinctive haircuts, odd plainclothes, usual repression | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] was made all the more unlikely “because of their style of haircut,” which seems to follow king’s guidelines on neatness and is called the 904 […]

6 06 2018
Dumber than a bag of hammers | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] like a complete moron after his expensive, taxpayer-funded excursion. But, if he sticks with the required haircut maybe no one will officially notice his profound […]

6 06 2018
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[…] like a complete moron after his expensive, taxpayer-funded excursion. But, if he sticks with the required haircut maybe no one will officially notice his profound […]

7 06 2018
Updated: Dumber than a bag of hammers I | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] like a complete moron after his expensive, taxpayer-funded excursion. But, if he sticks with the required haircut maybe no one will officially notice his profound […]

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[…] The Bangkok Post’s composite picture, clipped below, shows all of them with the king’s required haircut. […]

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[…] The Bangkok Post’s composite picture, clipped below, shows all of them with the king’s required haircut. […]

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