On the 2nd of December 2021 the passing out parade for 340 Gurkha Trainees from Gurkha Company Recruit Intake 2021 took place. The Reviewing Officer was The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer who was appointed Chancellor on the 13th February 2020 and is Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorkshire) which is just a few miles from Catterick.
The event took place at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire. This event marks the end of a 39-week training cycle for the young soldiers on the Combat Infantryman’s Course.
They arrived in February 2021 as fresh young men from Nepal and are now trained soldiers and ready to join their units for their trade training so they can take up their rightful positions in the Brigade of Gurkhas.
The young Gurkhas will now be assigned to various units within the British Army:
Prizes were awarded for:
The mission is to deliver trained Gurkha soldiers in order to meet the operational requirements of the Brigade of Gurkhas. It is responsible for delivering the 39 weeklong combat Infantryman’s Course (Gurkha). All Gurkhas serving in the British Army are trained by the Gurkha Company to become infantrymen first. This provides the Brigade with an agile edge.
Until 1948 recruits for the Brigade of Gurkhas were trained in India. After Indian independence the training was centralized in North Malaya in 1951. In 1971 the training was moved to Hong Kong until 1994 when it moved to Church Crookham in the UK. In 1999 the Company was relocated to Catterick