Thais To Train RCAF Troops

The Cambodian military will send 44 soldiers to Thailand next month for training with Thai­land’s army.

After they complete their in­struction, the soldiers will return to train RCAF troops, said Deputy RCAF Commander Mean Sarin.

“It is always good to have assistance from the Thai government,” Mean Sarin said. “[The Thais] provide training to the RCAF every year.”

The soldiers will train in shooting, parachuting and other military techniques.

According to officials, the military has no up-to-date materials for training soldiers. “We can provide only salaries, medicine and some local training, but no modern weapon [training] for the RCAF,” said Prince Sisowath Sirirath, co-minister of defense.

Cambodia’s military budget this year is $80 million, down $5 million from the previous year.

This year marks the first time since 1993 that the military budget has been cut.

Approximately 85 percent of the military budget—or $68 million—pays for troop salaries, clothing, food, fuel and health care. The remaining 15 percent is used for training expenses or repairs to aircraft, ships and military forts.




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