After months of arduous training, The Third Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (3 RGR) took part in the Specialised Infantry Cadre.
The cadre itself proved challenging but presented an opportunity to work with soldiers from across the Specialised Infantry Group and put a marker down for 3 RGR as a new Battalion.
Candidates were divided into 16 syndicates rank ranged from Major to Rifleman. The initial phase included assessments on military knowledge, character assessment, self-administration and basic fieldcraft skills. On the second phase, there were several assessments to complete; navigation and 2km run with weight. We were subjected to other assessments including modern language assessment, logical reasoning, psychometric personality, G2 assessment and essay writing. Group discussions were conducted on cultural awareness and current affairs.
In the third phase, we deployed to Sennybridge to be assessed on our command and leadership skills as well as tactical proficiency. In the field, we conducted long-range patrol marching through multiple checkpoints. Working with partnering forces, how to conduct surveillance target acquisition plans, Individual close quarter battle and key leader engagement were all part of the training. After a 32km march, we conducted a 24-hour observation post phase. Following this, we completed patrol reports during the coach journey before producing a back brief to deliver to the Commander of the Specialised Infantry Group, Brigadier Gus Fair DSO.
On the fourth phase, teams faced challenging questions during the brief. The back brief was a good insight into rigorous questioning expected on Exercise Grey Shard. Thereafter we went back to give teach backs, did peer review and finally interview.
Through the Specialised Infantry Cadre, 3 RGR has begun to build a strong reputation and will continue to push on towards 2021.
By Corporal Bijendra Gurung, The Third Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles