BANGKOK Shortly after he was appointed chief of Thailand's army last September, Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisad made a point of visiting all the regiments in a force of 335,000 active-duty troops. This helped project the image of an approachable commander, army insiders said at the time. But military analysts read more into Chalermchai's visits: They were intended to establish his authority as a stabilizer in an army known for its divisions between politically powerful factions and military graduating-class loyalties.
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