The Royal Thai Army on Tuesday clarified its position on giving permission to its personnel to wear civilian apparel instead of uniforms.
Army deputy spokesman Winthai Suvaree explained that media reports saying that the Army was permitting personnel not to wear uniforms for their safety was a misunderstanding. The Army has allowed them to wear civilian clothing for their comfort as they may have to travel longer distances or take more time to travel from their homes to work due to many road blockades by antigovernment protesters, he said. Many army personnel must take public transportation, which could be unusually crowded because of the demonstrations, he said, adding that superiors could allow their subordinates to change into their uniforms at their offices. Thai News Agency reported that most of the male and female personnel of the Royal Thai Army dressed in uniform while at work but the number of personnel coming to work at the Army headquarters on Rajdamnoen Avenue had dropped significantly, with many opting to work at home. The Army was allowing personnel without urgent assignments to work from home, the report added.