|Volunteer Defense Corps|
Volunteer Defense Corps logo
|Founded||10 February 1954|
|Part of||Department Of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior|
|Minister of Interior||Gen. VDC Gen. Anupong Paochinda|
The Volunteer Defense Corps (Thai: ; abbreviated VDC) is a Thai paramilitary under the authority of the Department Of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior. It was founded in 1954 to provide extra military support to the Royal Thai Armed Forces and to protect local civilians living near Thailand's borders.
The Volunteer Defense Corps (colloquially called Or Sor in Thailand) was formally established on 10 February 1954 by the Thai Border Patrol Police (BPP) in response to complaints by civilians of banditry and harassment by insurgent and separatist organizations. Originally, the VDC's purpose was to protect civilians from insurgents who had crossed into Thai border provinces from neighboring Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia. VDC members were trained by the BPP and sent to protect civilians and farms from extortion and attacks by insurgents.
In 1974, the VDC was expanded by the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to urban areas to fight communist insurgents. In the late-1980s, VDC strength was estimated at roughly 33,000, down from a peak of about 52,000 in 1980. Part of the decrease in numbers was due to the formation of the Thahan Phran, a paramilitary unit formed to counter communist insurgents, which absorbed some units of the VDC.
|1||OF-9||Volunteer Defense Corps General||VDC Gen|
|2||OF-5||Volunteer Defense Corps Colonel||VDC Col|
|3||OF-4||Volunteer Defense Corps Lieutenant Colonel||VDC Lt Col|
|4||OF-3||Volunteer Defense Corps Major||VDC Maj|
|5||OF-2||Volunteer Defense Corps Captain||VDC Capt|
|6||OF-1||Volunteer Defense Corps First Lieutenant||VDC 1st Lt|
|7||OF-1||Volunteer Defense Corps Second Lieutenant||VDC 2nd Lt|
|1||OR-9 or OR-8||Volunteer Defense Corps Sergeant Major||VDC Sgt Maj|
|2||OR-5||Volunteer Defense Corps Sergeant||VDC Sgt|
|3||OR-4||Volunteer Defense Corps Corporal||VDC Cpl|
|4||OR-3||Volunteer Defense Corps Lance Corporal||VDC Lcpl|
|5||OR-2 or OR-1||Volunteer Defense Corps Member||VDC Mbr|
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