Thein Sein graduated from the Defense
Services Academy and became a colonel in 1986. As Commander
of the Triangle Regional Command in 2001, he dealt with
local drug lords in Shan State and with the Thais—whom
he reportedly distrusts and dislikes—to resolve
conflicts along the border. However, he failed to convince
several armed opposition groups operating in the area
to enter ceasefire agreements with the military. He later
was named Commander of Strategic Command 2 of the Eastern
Regional Command, and in 1992 became a general staff officer
at the War Office in Rangoon.
In 1997, Thein Sein became a member of
In late 2001 he was promoted to Major
General and appointed Adjutant-General of the War Office.
A year later he was elevated in rank to Lieutenant General.
Sometime after his appointment as PM, he achieved the
rank of General. He also heads the War Veterans Organization.
On 26 April 2010, Thein Sein resigned
his military posts to run as civilian in the general elections.
On 29 April, the newly “civilized” Thein Sein
filed registration papers for the formation of the Union
Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is the
political arm of the junta-backed Union Solidarity and
Development Association (USDA).
1986 - Colonel
Unknown – Commander of Strategic Command 2 of the
Eastern Regional Command
1992 – General staff officer at the War Office,
By 1997 – Triangle Region Commander, Major General
2001 –Adjutant General of the War Office
2002 – Lieutenant General
2003 – SPDC Secretary-2
2004 – SPDC Secretary-1
2007 – Prime Minister
2007 – General
In May 2004, Thein Sein had a pacemaker