On the 28th May 2020, our 432 trainees in Gurkha Intake 20 completed phase one of their training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.
They have now completed 13 weeks of the intensive and demanding Combat Infantry Course and ‘Passed off the Square’ by completing a number of tests all assessed by a team of judges from external departments to Gurkha Company. The Trainees had to perform the drill movements on the word of command of their section commanders. Tests included; individual dress turnout, individual drill, and platoon drill.
This is a significant milestone for these young men from Nepal, but they now have many more months to go, until they pass out of Catterick in November 2020.
Gurkha trainees are selected straight from Nepal once a year, and in 2019 there were over 12,000 applicants. A tough selection programme takes place in Nepal and within days of the central selection, they are Attested in the British Army and move to Catterick in the UK to start their basic military training.