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Gurkha Recruitment Update 2019

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.

 

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.

The Army Command and Staff Course (ACSC) is run annually by the Nepali Army Command and Staff College, situated in the Shivapuri National Park, approximately 15km north of Kathmandu City Centre.

The aim of the course is to produce Staff Officers proficient at the operational level with a broader understanding of command through the entire spectrum of conflict. The course runs for 45 weeks that is divided into four terms.

The curriculum consists of Professional Studies, Academic Studies and Research, which requires a Student Officer to prepare and submit a thesis paper as well as term papers on given subjects.

Major (Maj) Hebindra Pun from the Queen’s Gurkha Signals has successfully completed the 25th ACSC course which was held over the period 16th April 2018 – 21st February 2019. The course was attended by 49 Nepali Army Student Officers and 10 International Student Officers from nine different countries.

Maj Hebindra represented the British Army and became the first Gurkha Officer in the Brigade of Gurkhas’ history to attend the course. Following a week-long Foreign Study Tour in India and Bangladesh, this 11-month long academically challenging course finally came to an end with a grand graduation ceremony on 21st February 2019.

During the ceremony the Chief of the Army Staff, General Purna Chandra Thapa, graciously distributed the certificates to all graduating Officers.

Maj Hebindra has now been assigned to the British Embassy Kathmandu as the Assistant Military Attaché for a further two years.

The Brigade Culture and Language Team (BCLT) is currently in Nepal to deliver a ten week long residential Nepali language course.  The Survival Nepali Language Course (SNLC), as it is known, is run in British Gurkhas Pokhara and commenced on 18th February 2019.

The SNLC is in its second week and expected to finish on 25th April 2019 following which they complete a two week long Directed Duty Trek in Nepal. A total of ten new Young Officers across the Brigade of Gurkhas Units are participating on the course.

Colonel Royal Gurkha Rifles, Major General Strickland DSO MBE visited the BCLT during his visit to Nepal on 26th February 2018 and was briefed on its activities. He also took the time to meet the students where he re-emphasised the importance and the relevance of Young Officers learning the Nepali language. 

The delivery of Nepali language and culture to prepare British officers and soldiers to serve with Gurkhas goes to the heart of the Brigade. The SNLC offers a rare opportunity to Young Officers joining the Brigade to learn, first hand, about the people, culture and the rich tradition of the Gurkha soldier in a unique environment. 

 

On 11th March 2019 members of the Brigade of Gurkhas gathered with International Commonwealth dignitaries, representatives of International organisations, Embassies, High Commissions and Service representatives for the Commonwealth Commemoration event at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, London.

The history behind the Memorial.

On the 6th November 2002 Her Majesty The Queen officially inaugurated the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, in London. These Gates have been erected as a lasting memorial to honour the five million men and women from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with the Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars. They also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make to the rich diversity of British society.

Since Her Majesty opened the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in 2002, there has been a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Gates to commemorate the actions of all those from the Empire who sought for the British in the two World Wars.

On 10th March Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD VR MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, announced an expansion to the Brigade of Gurkhas which will see it provide an additional Queen’s Gurkha Engineer Squadron, two additional Queen’s Gurkha Signals Squadrons and additional support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion and the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

He also confirmed the reformation of 3rd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles to become the British Army’s fifth Specialised Infantry Battalion (SpIB).

The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15) set out the Army’s plans to develop up to five specialised infantry battalions. Specialised Infantry Battalions consist of about 270 personnel, roughly half the size of an ordinary infantry battalion.

They are made up of Non-Commissioned Officers/Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and officers as their role is to train, advise, assist and mentor designated partner nation, something that private soldiers would not be experienced enough to do.

They will operate overseas in specified regions on a long-term basis, to enable the formation of strong relationships and to gain in-depth knowledge of their areas of responsibility including the terrain, culture and language.

The expansion in the Brigade will allow Gurkhas to access more career opportunities, including promotion and increased chances to serve a full 24-year Army career within the Brigade of Gurkhas.  To assist with initial requirements, there will be an increase in Gurkha recruiting from 270 in 2018 to 432 personnel per year for the next few years.

The announcement in full can be found on the gov.uk website 

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster has announced an increased support package for 22,000 Gurkha veterans and their families.

Ministry of Defence Main Building, Horse Guards Avenue.

The veterans, who all joined the Brigade of Gurkhas before 2007, will benefit from a £15 million (2.2bn Nepali Rupees) increase in the Gurkha Pension Scheme. While the increased remuneration will vary depending on an individual’s circumstances, veterans could receive increases of up to 34% extra in their pensions and with the increases being backdated to 1 January 2016 this means Gurkha pensioners will receive a total of £46m (6.7bn Nepali Rupees) extra this financial year.

Alongside the increased pensions, the MOD is also announcing today a new £25 million (3.6bn Nepali Rupees) investment, over the next ten years, for medical support for veterans living in Nepal.

This new investment will be delivered in partnership with the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity which provides a range of support to Gurkha veterans in Nepal, including via a series of regional healthcare facilities.

Today’s announcement comes after Mr Lancaster recently visited Nepal, where he met with the President, Rt. Hon. Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari, to present the annual report of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

The Minister also met with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt Hon. Mr K P Sharma Oli, the country’s Foreign and Defence Ministers, and the Chief of the Nepal Army Staff. Both sides emphasised the importance of Gurkhas in the UK-Nepal relationship and discussions covered a range of issues, including the additional support for Gurkha veterans being announced today and UK-Nepal economic and investment collaboration.

The Minister also saw work being done to reduce pollution and improve social conditions in brick kiln manufacture being supported by DFID Nepal.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:

This pension increase for Gurkha veterans, alongside long-term funding for healthcare support in Nepal, will make a difference to the lives of Gurkha veterans and their families.

I have huge respect for the Gurkhas, who have been important to the British military for more than 200 years, and I hope will be for many years to come.

These are significant sums which reflect the outcome of dialogue with Gurkha veterans and the Government of Nepal.

Read more on these documents:

20190306-7CPC_Implementation_Q&A

20190306-Report_for_Implementation_of_7CPC

20190307_RAN_Letter_GPS_VeteransSpt_announcement O DP

20190412_RAN_Letter_GPS_7thCPC Follow up O DP

A look back to this years Gurkha Intake 2019 selection process at the Central Selection stage at Pokhara, Nepal. Changes to the physical tests has not meant a change to the high levels we expect these young Nepalese people to achieve in order to be selected to become Gurkhas.

With competition fierce and nearly 10,000 original applicants chasing 400 spaces this year you have to be the best. 

In this video you will here the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas explain what we expect and are looking for. 

On Friday the 8th February 2019, 400 new Gurkha recruits took to the parade ground in Pokhara, Nepal for their Attestation parade and the start of their journey as Gurkhas in the British Army.
Many hundreds of family and friends gather by a rain soaked parade area at the Barracks in Pokhara to watch their young men proudly stand to attention and take the oath of allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen.

The inspecting officer was Major General DF Capps CBE (General Officer Commanding Regional Command. He welcomed the new soldiers to the British Army and stated; “Today is a proud day and one which you shall long remember”. I am honoured to be here today in Pokhara to take your attestation parade, and to witness your oath of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second”.

This important occasion marks the start of your new careers as soldiers of the Brigade of Gurkhas within the British Army. I know that the last months of selection have been hard and that the competition has been intense. But you have been successful. You have shown yourselves to be fit and worthy to be selected for the Brigade of Gurkhas. You have shown yourselves ready to be called a Gurkha.  Tulo sha-bash!”

Recruit Intake 2019 have now travelled to the UK and arrived at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick where they will undertake 9 months of training before joining there assigned units in the Brigade in mid-November 2019.

This Recruiting Year (Recruit Intake 20), the British Army will be using new tests to assess candidates.

In order to ensure that Potential Recruits can begin their training early and correctly, the Recruit Cell will conduct a roadshow around Nepal demonstrating the tests.

Details about this can be seen as a download on the Gurkha Recruitment homepage. http://bit.ly/2GgBZlV  

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