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A new regulation has just been approved by the Defense Council that will allow a person with only one Thai parent to join the military. Previously it was mandatory for anybody wishing to join the military to have two Thai parents. Colonel Kongcheep Tantrawanich, a Defense Ministry spokesperson, said yesterday that the amendment has been approved by the Defense Council to boost opportunities to enter the military service. Now police officers, public prosecutors and judges will only need to prove they have one Thai parent to quality for the position. However he went on to say that the nationality rule may be stricter for officials tasked with key missions such as commanding a military aircraft.