I completed my infantry training at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick in November 2023. In Catterick we had the opportunity state our preference on which part of the Brigade of Gurkhas we wanted to make our careers. I was very pleased to be selected to join the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR), as it was my first choice.
Unlike the infantry training we received at Catterick, QOGLR offers a distinct working environment. QOGLR encompasses various support trades that contribute to the Army’s operational commitments and success. Shortly after our pass-out parade, we were relocated to 10 QOGLR in Aldershot for our Induction training week. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the Commander QOGLR.
The purpose of the Induction training was to familiarize us with the Regiment and provide us with a basic understanding of Army logistics. We were eager to learn about the different trades within QOGLR and how they function. The informative presentations greatly assisted us in deciding which trade to pursue within the Regiment. Following the presentations, we were assessed through written evaluations on each trade. Subsequently, we underwent interviews to determine the trade and unit to which each individual would be assigned. It was not all about QOGLR, we also had the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle during our induction training.
The Commander announced the results of the trade selection course. I firmly believe that the induction program plays a crucial role in our journey within the Brigade of Gurkhas and QOGLR. It aids both us and the Regiment in making informed decisions about the most suitable employment for individuals, ultimately shaping our careers in the British Army moving forward.
By Private Dipesh Rai, Intake 2023 Champion Recruit Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment