Gurkha Recruit Intake 19 arrived in the UK after a long journey from Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu to Manchester and London Heathrow Airport.
They are now stationed in Helles Barracks at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick and eagerly waiting to receive the first part of their basic training. On arrival, a crowd of families and staff welcomed them in Helles Barracks in true Gurkha traditional style. The presence of families and staff created a warm welcoming and family environment which immensely reinforced their confidence in this unfamiliar surrounding.
They are now going through a scheduled week-long induction programme which incorporates camp induction, initial issue of clothing, medical and dental checkups and some final documentation. They will be given an opportunity to contact their parents and extended families in Nepal and share their first experiences in UK.
From next week, they will commence a tough and enduring training programme. They will complete their initial basic phase of training on 16 May 19 and passage into the advanced phase. All recruits will be graduated from ITC Catterick on 14th November 2019 and by 17th November 2019 they will be joining their new regiments around the UK or Brunei.