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Britain Nepal Society seeks honorary secretary

The Britain Nepal Society are advertising for a new Secretary to take over from Mrs Jenifer Evans who has been filling the post on a temporary basis over the past three and a half years.  This is an important honorary post, and one vital to the success of the Society.  

If you are prepared to take on this vital role, or know someone who might be, or would like more information, please contact the Chairman, Roger Potter, on 01963 220773 or rmpotter@btinternet.com

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Several Gurkha teams have stormed to success in a wind and rain swept Ex Cambrian Patrol competition.

The annual event organised and run by 160 (Wales) Brigade saw the Nepalese Army team starting off the success with a Silver award, before Gurkha Company Sittang and 2 RGR teams took a Gold each.

Navigating both by day and night, the patrols faced many testing and specialist challenges, including observation and reconnaissance of enemy forces, cold river crossings in full kit without access to boats, first-aid and an attack.

Military skills, stamina and dedication are constantly evaluated during the patrol and marked with a system of points. Teams that successfully completed their mission are awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal or certificate of merit, depending on the total number of points they have gained.

In all, only five teams won the gold medal: 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment on phase one; Gurkha Sittang Company on phase four; 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles; on phase four; the 8th Battalion Garwhal Rifles team from India on phase six; and the 1WW Infantry School Ireland.

 

Exercise Cambrian PatrolThe Nepalese Army took part with outstanding results Exercise Cambrian Patrol2 RGR took Gold on Stage 4
Exercise Cambrian PatrolA variety of scenarios tested the teams Exercise Cambrian PatrolRiver crossings were just one of the challenges

There is a full photo gallery of the event available here.

 

The Gurkha Museum and The Gurkha Welfare Trust have launched their joint Christmas cards and stationary range, available online now.

With 2015 marking the 200 year anniversary of Gurkhas fighting for the crown, this is an ideal opportunity to welcome in a special year for the Gurkhas, and to let your friends and family know you are thinking of them at the same time.

The range includes a number of Christmas card styles, 2015 Calendars and a desk diary and pocket diary option in the traditional Gurkha green. The proceeds from the cards will help the Gurkha Museum and Gurkha Welfare Trust.

You can order yours today by filling out the form and  send your order,  together with payment, to: The Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8TS.

For information on the full range of Gurkha and Nepali themed goods sold by the Gurkha Museum, go to www.thegurkhamuseum.co.uk .

 

Gurkhas have a reputation for being able to go unseen by the enemy, but now they are set to face a deadly enemy they wont be able to see themselves.

10 QOGLR are deploying to Sierra Leone on Operation Gritrock as part of the efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak.

29 soldiers boarded a plane at Brize Norton in the early hours this morning headed to the African nation, where they will help set up a training camp to teach health workers how to deal with the outbreak.They will be staying at Benguema Camp in Kerry Town, 35 km east of capital Freetown. Best of luck lads and take care.

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120 new Trainee Riflemen have joined the ranks within the Brigade of Gurkhas after successfully completing their 9 months of rigorous training in Catterick on 9 Oct 14.
The young men paraded in front of a packed audience with the band of the Brigade playing at the event. Trainee Rifleman Nichahang Rai was presented with the overall Champion Recruit award by Maj Gen T B Radford DSO OBE, GOC FTC who was the Reviewing Officer of the event.  All recruits have already been allocated their Cap badges within the Brigade of Gurkhas. The allocation are as follows:

1 RGR- 30
2 RGR- 30
QGS- 21
QOGLR- 20
QGE- 19
GSPS- 4
Brigade Band- 2

The graduates then treated their friends and family to a special demonstration including dancing, Taekwondo skills and combat tactics as well as the famous Kukri dance.

The former Officer Commanding of the Gurkha Company Catterick, Maj Anderson said this intake had one of the highest calibre of cadets throughout their training, and the Brigade will welcome them amongst their ranks.

 

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The Parade begins

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Reviewing Officer, Maj Gen T B Radford DSO OBE inspecting the Parade

Gurkha Company Platoon Commander displaying his Karate skills

Gurkha Company Platoon Commander displaying his Karate skills

Reviewing Officer, Maj Gen T B Radford DSO OBE presenting the QOGLR Champion Trophy to the QOGLR Champion Recruit

Maj Gen T B Radford DSO OBE presenting the QOGLR Champion Trophy to the QOGLR Champion Recruit

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GOC speaking to the champions

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More Karate skills

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The Army Reserve is recruiting

Ex Gurkhas Now By Capt Lok Bahadur Gurung,

QGOO/SO3 Tx General

As part of the Army 2020, the Army Reserve is recruiting Ex Regular Soldiers. So, if you have already retired or about to retire from the Regular Army, you can join back to the Reserves in all cap badges with no new skills or qualifications. The government is also offering handsome benefits to the Ex Regulars when they join the Reserves. The aim of this article is to provide you with summary of benefits that you may be entitled if you join the Army Reserves now.

Financial Incentives

All Reserve soldiers are entitled to receive Annual Army Reserve Training Bounty of £1,690 when they meet the minimum annual commitment and the Army Reserve salary. On top of this, from 1 April 2014, the Army Reserve is offering a number of new and revitalized financial incentives to Ex-Regulars a sum up to £10,000. Normally, this is divided over four payments:

  • £2,000 on approval by the CO of your Army Reserve unit.
  • £3,000 after completing your first year full training commitment.
  • £3,000 after completing your second year full training commitment.
  • £2,000 after completing your third year full training commitment.

To be eligible for £10,000 you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have completed at least four years Regular service with the rank of Captain or below.
  • You must join the Army Reserve before 31 March 2017.
  • You must have left the Regular Army no more than six years before enlisting into the Army Reserve.
  • You must have applied for and be capable of employment in a post approved by an Army Reserve units’ CO.
  • You must be Medically Fully Deployable (MFD) or Medically Limited Deployable (MLD).

Reduced Commitment

The Army Reserve is also offering reduced commitment for the Ex Regulars.

Annual Training Requirement.

For the Ex Regulars, the minimum qualifying period for the annual Army Reserve Training Bounty has been reduced from 27 to 19 days.

MATTS.

Army Reserve units’ CO have the discretion to reduce the MATT requirements.

Relaxation of Call-out Liability.

Ex-Regular personnel joining the Army Reserve will not be obliged to fulfill their call-out liability, less for the circumstances stipulated under RFA 96, Section 52: National danger, civil emergency or imminent attack on UK.

Other Benefits

Furthermore, everyone will also be benefited on the followings:

  • Pay and expenses when training.
  • Adventurous opportunities.
  • New friends/ Social events.
  • Paid leave.
  • Access to Armed Forces Pension Scheme.
  • OCC Health Support.

Application Process

Serving Personnel.

Unit’s RCMO is the first port of call for personnel leaving the Regular Army. If you are a Service leaver, you have to complete the application for enlistment in the TA – Serving Soldier, Appendix 2 To Annex B To 2012DIN01-164 dated Aug 12, prior to your last day in the service.

Ex-Service Personnel.

Ex-Regular wishing to join the Army Reserve should in the first instance, research the Army Reserve unit. This can be achieved by liaising with the nearest Army Reserve unit RCMO or local Army Career Centre. Applications to join should be submitted on-line.

To visit nearest Army Regional Recruiting Centre logon to: http://www.army.mod.uk/join/20088.aspx.

Tel: 08456008080

For online Application: http://www.army.mod.uk/join/The-Army-Reserve.aspx.

Tel 0345 600 8080.

Further more, any Ex Gurkhas who wishes to know more about joining the Army Reserve may also contact one of the following individuals’:

Capt Lok Gurung (QG SIGNALS).

SO3 Transition.

Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas

Former Army Staff College, CAMBERLEY, Surrey, GU15 4PQ.

Tel:  01276 412619.

Email: Gurkhasbde-transition@mod.uk.

Maj Buddhi Gurung (Ex QG SIGNALS).

RCMO,

7 Rifles. Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HW.

Tel: 01189 530237.

E-Mail: 7Rifles-RCMO@mod.uk

Maj Khim Gauchan (Ex QOGLR).

RCMO,

151 Regt RLC. Sydenham Road, CROYDON, CR0 2EW.

Tel: 020 8760 7103.

E-mail: 151TPT-RHQ-RCMO@mod.uk.

Maj Dudh Gurung (Ex QG Engr).

PSAO,

579 Field Squadron (EOD. St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent,  TN4 9UU.

Tel: 01892 556831.

Email: 101Engr-579-PSAO@mod.uk

WO2 Serbahadur Gurung (Ex 1 RGR).

Youth Engagement Warrant Officer,

2 Brigade. Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3HF.

Tel: 94281 2380.

E-Mail: 2X-HQ-Ops-OrgCts-WO@mod.uk or sherbahadur.gurung882@mod.uk

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