In the reports of the military junta considering pay rises for officials that work directly to it, there were also statements made about how large the junta’s staff is.
The Nation reports that the junta has a huge staff. It states that the “NCPO secretary’s office … reported that around 22, 771 military officers were recruited to help the junta’s work.”
That means that, in addition to the junta’s control of the military and bureaucracy, more than 20,000 soldiers work directly under the junta’s office.
Maintaining military dictatorship requires a dedicated force of thugs and minions.