Young Thai Man has a Heart Attack during the Draft

Young Thai Man has a Heart Attack during the Draft


This is probably the worse time of year for any Thai men aged between 21 and 30. If they hadn’t attended cadet training during high school, they need to report to their district office for the draft. Here they are given a medical check-up to make sure that they are healthy. It’s a lengthy process as there are many men reporting for the draft. Each year the armed forces need at least 90,000 new conscripts. After quite a few hours, those who are deemed fit for service join the line to pick a card from a box. The card has either a red or black stamp on it. A red card means they have to join one of the armed forces for two years. A black card means they can continue with their life as normal.

Unfortunately for this young man from Nakhon Ratchasima, he had a heart attack after he had reported for the draft. Medics tried to revive him but he sadly passed away. It is sad that serving in the Thai army gives people such nightmares that they literally die at the thought of being conscripted. Why is it so bad? What happens to the conscripts in the army?

UPDATED: The original story in Khao Sod said he had a heart attack AFTER he had picked the red card. Other media now reporting that he had the heart attack during his medical check-up and BEFORE he was due to pick the coloured card.

8 thoughts on “Young Thai Man has a Heart Attack during the Draft

    1. Not really. On the day of the draft, the young men receive a medical check-up. If they are not healthy they don’t have to pick the coloured card. In addition, prior to draft day, if they have a pre-exisiting medical condition, all they need to do is show the medical certificate and they will be exempt. Witnesses said this young man literally died from shock. Of course, we won’t know the full story unless there is an autopsy.

  1. Sad to hear about this.
    Wonder what would happen if they joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 16 as I did. Truth be told I much preferred it to being with my step-mother who obtained a false birth certificate. It was the first time in my life that I had been treated fairly.

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