After the excitement of being selected to be a Gurkha and the Attestation parade in Pokhara, the dust settles as the reality for these young Nepalese men kicks in as they prepare to move to the UK.
The Attestation parade and being inspected by the Chief of he General Staff, Head of the British Army was a great moment for these young men. They have now said their goodbyes to their families and friends and are preparing to move to the United Kingdom to start their nine month long basic training with Gurkha Company part of the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.
Today was about packing their bags to a set list supplied to them, checking their visas and passports are all ready for the move and preparing their mufti for travel; smart grey trousers, white shirts, ties and blazers and highly polished shirts. For some this level of smart attire is not something they have ever had to do, but in the accommodation lines each and everyone of them with advice and tips from Gurkha Corporals and Sergeats was preparing the outfits to the highest levels.
This is a life changing event for both the young Gurkhas and their families. Opportunity and challenges await them and most will go on to serve full careers in the British Army, with the best going on to commission as Officers later in their careers.