18 Facts About Tatmadaw


Since independence, the Tatmadaw has faced significant ethnic insurgencies, especially in Kachin, Kayin, Kayah, and Shan states.

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In 2008, the Tatmadaw again rewrote Myanmar's constitution, installing the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party in 2010 elections boycotted by most opposition groups.

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Political reforms over the next half-decade culminated in a sweeping NLD victory in the 2015 election; after the USDP lost another election in 2020, the Tatmadaw annulled the election and deposed the civilian government.

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Tatmadaw stated that if the "disturbances" continued the "Army would have to be called and I would like to make it clear that if the Army shoots, it has no tradition of shooting into the Air, it would shoot straight to hit".

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The Tatmadaw had sentenced seven soldiers to 10-year prison terms for killing 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine in September 2017.

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In June 2020, the Tatmadaw accused China for arming rebel groups in the country's frontier areas.

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In February 2021, the Tatmadaw detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-ranking politicians after a contested election with disputed results.

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Tatmadaw has become more reliant toward military aids from Russia and China.

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At the beginning of the 1950s, while the Tatmadaw was able to reassert its control over most part of the country, Kuomintang troops under General Li Mi, with support from the United States, invaded Burma and used the country's frontier as a springboard for attack against China, which in turn became the external threat to state security and sovereignty of Burma.

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At the 1958 Tatmadaw's annual Commanding Officers conference, Colonel Kyi Win submitted a report outlining the requirement for new military doctrine and strategy.

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For countering an historical enemy with equal strength, Tatmadaw should fight a conventional warfare under total war strategy, without giving up an inch of its territory to the enemy.

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For powerful enemy and foreign invaders, Tatmadaw should engage in total people's war, with a special focus on guerrilla strategy.

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In 1985, the then Lieutenant General Saw Maung, Vice-Chief of Staff of Tatmadaw reminded his commanders during his speech at the Command and General Staff College:.

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Since the day of independence, the Tatmadaw has been involved in restoring and maintaining internal security and suppressing insurgency.

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Tatmadaw has developed an 'active defence' strategy based on guerrilla warfare with limited conventional military capabilities, designed to cope with low intensity conflicts from external and internal foes, which threatens the security of the state.

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Tatmadaw thus exercised supreme operational control over all three services, under the direction of the President, State Council and Council of Ministers.

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Tatmadaw thus exercised both political and operational control over the entire country and armed forces.

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In early 2000s, Tatmadaw established the Myanmar Integrated Air Defence System with help from Russia, Ukraine and China.

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