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Harry Kane meets the Gurkhas

England Football Team Captain Harry Kane was awarded with an MBE by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace for services to football.

Harry Kane is seen here with The Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers, Captain Kiran Pun  and Captain Kamal Khapung at Buckingham Palace after receiving the award last week.

The existing rates of Gurkha Retirement Pension, Gurkha Service Pension, Gurkha Disability Pension and Gurkha Family Pension have been revised with effect from 1 April 2019.  The current rates, which are based on Indian Army pensions, but incorporate a welfare related cash uplift to take account of the benefits in kind provided to Indian Army ex-servicemen, have received a 2019 pension increment of 3.7% to take account of cost of living increases in Nepal.  In line with existing policy the increase is based on the Nepal Rastra Bank consumer price index for inflation in Nepal. 

The results of the Indian 7th Central Pay Commission (7CPC) have been announced separately and are not included in these new rates.  Full 7CPC rate tables will be issued in due course.

More details can be found in the letter and tables on the attachments below.

GPS DL 2019

GPS DL 2019 Annex A

GPS DL 2019 Annex B

GPS DL 2019 Annex C

GPS DL 2019 Annex D

GPS DL 2019 Annex E

The Survival Nepali Language and Culture Course (SNLC) is currently in its 6th week in BG Pokhara where the students have had the opportunity to experience Nepalese and Gurkha cultures in different environments including practising their Nepali language skills.  

The highlights of the past few weeks have been varied and wide ranging from preparing a traditional Gurkha Messing, running a Nepali Bingo night, and visit to the Kaski Residential Home (KRH) to participate in the iconic Doko Run – arguably the most challenging part of the course.

By way of background, the Doko Run is a gruelling assessment to test both mental and physical robustness of Potential Recruits aspiring to join the Brigade of Gurkhas.  It is designed to force candidates to draw upon every last reserve of inner strength to successfully complete the arduous route. It is without question the hardest challenge of Gurkha recruitment where Potential Recruits put 15 kg bags of sand into their Doko – a traditionally wicket basket which is carried on their back, run along a 5.8 km uphill mountainous trail that has to be completed in less than 50 minutes. 

The Young Officers attending the SNLC go through the exact Doko Run assessment that the Potential Recruits go through during Central Selection in the vicinity of Bhalam Danda, a punishing steep incline of mountainous terrain. The SNLC Doko Run was a fiercely contested event which took place on Fri 22nd March 19. All the SNLC students completed the Doko Run within the stipulated time with Lieutenant Alex Hoccom, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment,  coming first in an incredible time of 38 minutes 44 seconds.  

 

Sapper Himal Prasad Limbu (Queen’s Gurkha Engineers), has been awarded the Best Rifleman Trophy for year 2018-2019 in Gurkha Wing Mandalay (GWM). 

The Best Rifleman Trophy is awarded to the Gurkha private soldier (regardless of cap badge of the Brigade of Gurkhas) who is considered to have made the greatest contribution to GWM throughout the year. This award is presented during the Mandalay Day Parade every year.  It was presented by Commanding Officer Infantry Battle School, Lieutenant Colonel Shaun Chandler. 

 

 

The Embassy of Nepal in London hosted the annual Nepal Army Day event on Monday 4th March 2019. 

Principal guests included:

  • Various Defence Attachés
  • Personalities associated with Nepal
  • Minister of State for the Armed Forces (The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP)
  • Deputy Chief of the General Staff (Lieutenant General N A W Pope CBE)
  • Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas
  • and members of the Brigade of Gurkhas (BG)

The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster addressed the attendees and Lieutenant General N A W Pope CBE presented a painting of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment soldier at the summit of Mount Everest in 2017, the soldier in the painting was part of successful team effort to summit the worlds highest mountain in 2017 by the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

The Ambassador thanked everyone in attendance for their continued support to Nepal and to the continued good relationship between the UK and Nepal. 

On the 22nd March 2019, Colonel J G Robinson, current and long serving Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, was presented the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty The Queen. 

Throughout his unparalleled six-year tenure, he has made an immense contribution to the Colours. He advises CGS and Ministers on Gurkha matters and manages the practicalities of issues as far back as the 1947 Tripartite Agreement with India and Nepal through modern immigration policy for Nepali citizens with family connections to British Gurkhas.

In 2015 he oversaw Gurkha 200, the bicentennial of Gurkhas in the British Army.

He has worked tirelessly to reinforce the esprit de corps of the Brigade and ensure that it is able to give its absolute utmost to the Army.

He has demonstrated extraordinary ability, vision, capacity and resilience, as well as results, well above what should be expected, and on sustained basis.

Junior Commander’s Course -Top Student

 

Many congratulations to Corporal (Cpl) Dhan Prasad Ghale who was awarded the top student on Junior Commander’s Course.  Cpl Dhan is currently serving with Gurkha Company, Infantry Training Centre Catterick as a Physical Training Instructor.

He was also one of 13 members who had successfully summited the Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) during Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017.

 

Command, Control and Communication Corporal Course Top Student

Many Congratulations to Cpl Bikash Gurung who was awarded top student on his Military Engineer Command, Control and Communication (C3S) Corporal Course.

He is currently serving with 70 Gurkha Field Squadron.

 

The Gurkha Recruiting Website has been updated. Please use the below link to find out the most up to date information on British Army Recruitment. Videos of physical tests will follow soon.

 

Sittang Day Celebration 2019

“Sittang” is the battle honour won by 1/4th Gorkha Rifles (part of 17th British Indian Infantry Division) on 23rd February 1942 during the Burma Campaign. The Battle of Sittang Bridge is one of the most well-known battles of that time where more than 5,000 soldiers lost their lives in action against the Japanese.

On 4th March 2019, Gurkha Company Sittang (GCS) commemorated “Sittang Day” in front of their home, Nepal Lines in Sandhurst, to honour the fallen. GCS Second in Command Captain Dipakraj Ghale, gave a powerful account of the battle and explanation of the battle honour. Sergeant Prakash Gurung led the honour guard who gave the salute to the fallen soldiers for their sacrifice, before Officer Commanding Major Chandra Pun and Commanding Officer Sandhurst Support Unit Lieutenant Colonel Chris Boryer MBE laid wreathes in memory of those who fought so bravely.

GCS celebrated “Sittang Day” to remember and honour our great forefathers. The sacrifice they made are the reasons we are who we are today.

“When you go home, tell them of us and say; for your tomorrow, we gave our today”

 

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is March’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Gurkha Recruit Intake 19 Reception and Induction
  • Operation CABRIT – Poland
  • The Police Liaison Detachment (PLD) on Operation TORAL 7
  • 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Oman
  • Gurkha Memorial Construction Falkland Islands
  • Exercise TIGER GRANADA KHUKURI

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

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