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Myanmar (Burma): Regional Military Commands

Last modified: 2022-02-19 by zachary harden
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Yangon Command

[Yangon Army flag] by Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021

This flag (see photo) was described to me [by a flag dealer in Yangon] as "Yangon Army". I don't necessarily know what that means. However, it has triggered an idea in my mind. I now wonder if the mystery purple air force flag I sent might be Yangon Air Force. Both the YAF? and the YA flags are purple with red and white badges in the center.
Clay Moss
, 25 June 2003

I can confirm that this flag belongs to that of the Yangon RMC that is based in the region. The red star on a white circle is the command emblem and it is used on soldier uniforms and unit flags in the region.
Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021


Coastal Region Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021

Here's the flag described to me as the Regional River Patrol flag. I have no clue what the RRP is, but do think I possibly saw the flag on a patrol boat. The flag I saw was wrapped around it's pole making it hard to see. However, if forced to guess, I would say this is the flag I saw. It is square and measured roughly 2 x 2 feet. This particular one that I photographed was unfinished. Several inches of the top of this particular flag is folded back over the top of the display case.
Clay Moss, 28 June 2003

Clay mentioned part of the flag in the photo was folded over, so in order to make the seven stripes work with the position (presumably central) of the large star, I had to arrange the stripes in the RBWBWBWB at the ratio 5-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.
Rob Raeside, 17 July 2003

This flag in question belongs to the Coastal Region Command, primarily covering the region of Tanintharyi. I have not seen a cloth flag (besides what we already have), yet there is a drawing used by the military showing the pattern we have here but in a 2x3 ratio. I could not make it out clearly with the star pattern. This is one of fourteen Regional Military Commands (RMC) present in the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw Kyi).
Zachary Harden, 11 December 2018

There is a cloth flag, which is their command badge placed on a red background.
Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021


South Eastern Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

The flag of the South Eastern Command (Mon and Kayin states) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a dark red background.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021


South Western Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

The flag of the South Western Command (Ayeyarwady region) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a light yellow background.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021


Eastern Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

The flag of the Eastern Command (Southern Shan State and Kayah State) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a dark red background.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021


East Central Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

The flag of the East Central Command (Middle Shan State) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a dark red background.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021


Naypyidaw Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

The flag of the Naypyidaw Command is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a dark red background.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021


Central Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

The flag of the Central Command (Mandalay region) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a light red background.
Zachary Harden, 16 December 2021

[Coastal Region Command flag] variant pattern; image by Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021


North Western Command

[Coastal Region Command flag] image by Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021

The flag of the North Western Command (Sagaing region) is displayed here, which displays their command badge similar to a banner of arms.
Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021

[Coastal Region Command flag] variant pattern; image by Zachary Harden, 17 December 2021


Southern Command

[Mandalay Army flag] by Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022

This flag was described to me as "Mandalay Army" by the flag dealer in Yangon.
Clay Moss
, 28 June 2003

This is the flag of the Southern Command, operating out of Bago and Magwe Regions.Email to editor from Madd Man, 10 February 2022


Western Command

[Mandalay Army flag] by Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022

This is the flag of the Western Command, operating out of Rakhine State and Chin State.Email to editor from Madd Man, 10 February 2022


North Eastern Command

[Mandalay Army flag] by Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022

The flag of the North Eastern Command (Northern Shan State) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a red background.
Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022


Triangle Region Command

[Mandalay Army flag] by Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022

The flag of the Triangle Region Command (Eastern Shan State) is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a red background.
Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022


Northern Command

[Mandalay Army flag] by Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022

The flag of the Northern Command is displayed here, which displays their command badge on a red background.
Zachary Harden, 10 February 2022