Minister of State for the Armed Forces visits the Trainee Gurkhas

Minister Armed Forces being welcomed by Officer Commanding Gurkha Company (Catterick)
Minister Armed Forces being welcomed by Officer Commanding Gurkha Company (Catterick)

The Right Honourable Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces visited the School of Infantry and Infantry Training Centre on 2nd March 2017. Upon his arrival, he received a brief from the Headquarters School of Infantry (SCHINF) and a visit brief from the Commandant SCHINF, Colonel Stitt.

 

He was briefed on:

  • Training
  • Injury reduction
  • Welfare and leadership

He watched:

  • Rifle Practice
  • Dismounted Close Combat Training (DCCT)
  • Gurkha Khukuri Pattern Training
Minister Armed Forces signing visitors book
Minister Armed Forces signing visitors book

He visited Gurkha Company at around 1430hrs and was welcomed by the Officer Commanding Gurkha Company and some key members of staff with khata.

He witnessed Gurkha Khukuri training, conducted by Corporal Subash Moktan. He presented a coin to the best improved trainee, Training Rifleman (T/Rfn) David Gurung in the Khukuri Pattern. This was also the first ever coin to be presented to someone after he took the up the appointment.

The Minister gave a motivational speech to the Recruit Intake 2017. He stated that he was overwhelmed to have witnessed the young Gurkhas under training.

Recruit Intake 2017 demonstrating Khukuri pattern skills
Recruit Intake 2017 demonstrating Khukuri pattern skills
Training Rifleman David Gurung receiving coin from the Minister Armed Forces
Training Rifleman David Gurung receiving the best improved coin in Khukuri pattern from the Minister Armed Force