|Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services
Flag of the Tatmadaw
|Ministry of Defence|
|Member of||National Defence and Security Council|
|Reports to||National Defence and Security Council|
|Nominator||National Defence and Security Council|
|Appointer||President of Myanmar|
|Term length||No fixed term|
|First holder||General Aung San|
List of Commanders-in-Chief
|№||Commanders-in-Chief of Defence Services||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch|
|1||Aung SanMajor General |
|1945||19 July 1947 †||1–2 years||Myanmar Army|
|2||Let YarBrigadier |
|19 July 1947||4 January 1948||169 days||Myanmar Army|
|3||Smith DunLieutenant General |
|4 January 1948||31 January 1949||1 year, 27 days||Myanmar Army|
|4||Ne WinGeneral |
|1 February 1949||20 April 1972||23 years, 79 days||Myanmar Army|
|5||San YuGeneral |
|20 April 1972||1 March 1974||1 year, 315 days||Myanmar Army|
|6||Tin OoGeneral |
|1 March 1974||6 March 1976||2 years, 5 days||Myanmar Army|
|7||Kyaw HtinGeneral |
|6 March 1976||3 November 1985||9 years, 242 days||Myanmar Army|
|8||Saw MaungSenior General |
|4 November 1985||22 April 1992||6 years, 170 days||Myanmar Army|
|9||Than ShweSenior General |
|22 April 1992||30 March 2011||18 years, 342 days||Myanmar Army|
|10||Min Aung HlaingSenior General |
|30 March 2011||Incumbent||10 years, 167 days||Myanmar Army|
- Founder of modern Myanmar Army, leader of Thirty Comrades, father of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San was offered a post of Deputy Inspector General of post-World War II Burma Army under Major General T. Thomas but declined. He never served as Commander-in-Chief of post-World War II Burma Army but became Vice Chairman of HM Governor's council (Prime Minister) and Defence Councillor (Defence Minister from 22 September 1946 to 19 July 1947 according to Myanmar Official History records).
- Member of Thirty Comrades, Vice Commander-in-Chief of PBF in 1945. Aung San chose him to replace him as a Deputy Inspector General of post-World War II Burma Army in December 1945. Became Brigadier and replaced Aung San as Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister when the latter was assassinated on 19 July 1947. Was made to resign from the post in February 1949 by AFPFL Government according to "Phay Phay Bo Let Yar by his daughter, Dr Khin Let Yar and other Myanmar official history records. Never was a Commander-in-Chief of post-World War II Burma Army.
- Ethnic Karen, forced to retire due to the Karen conflict.
- Later became President and Chairman of Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP). Position designated as Chief of Staff of Defense Services.
- Later became President.
- Later became Vice-Chairman of National League for Democracy.
- Maung Aung Myoe, Building the Tatmadaw, Appendix (6)
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