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72 new trainees for the Queen’s Gurkha Signals took the oath of allegiance to the regiment, at Altcar Training Camp, High Town, Liverpool, in the presence of the Regimental Headquarters Command Team on the 3rd of March 2022.
Spectators from the local community and Army veterans who were closely associated with the Royal Signals and QG SIGNALS. The parade also witnessed the commissioning ceremony for six officers, who were waiting to be officially commissioned into the regiment since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inspecting officer on the parade was the Colonel of the Regiment, Major General JJ Cole CB OBE.
Warrant Officer Class One (Regimental Sergeant Major) Pandu Tamang commenced the parade before he handed over to the parade commander Captain Sureshkumar Limbu, Adjutant QG SIGNALS. The Colonel of the Regiment stepped onto the parade dais and received the report from the parade commander. The chief guest then inspected the front row of the trainees, whilst the commander and Gurkha Major inspected the centre and rear ranks.
The trainees then took the oath in English and Nepali collectively, following word by word from the commander and Gurkha Major respectively. Then in groups of three, the trainees marched up to physically take the oath of allegiance to the regiment by touching the regimental flag in front of the Colonel of the Regiment, Commander and Gurkha Major.
2 Platoon, 4 Section, won the champion section accolade this year, and Signaller Praveen Singh Rana won the champion trainee’s trophy, performing exceptionally on all tests carried out during the induction training.
The trainees have been assigned as; 42 Network Engineers, 20 Information Services Engineers and 10 Power Engineers.
Captain Robin Rai, Captain Sekendra Gurung, Captain Sanjeev Rai, Captain Raj Gurung, Captain Pramod Gurung and Captain Ashok Pun were then officially commissioned into the regiment by the Colonel of the Regiment flanked by the commander and Gurkha Major.
The final event of the day was a charity curry lunch for both serving members and civilian spectators in aid of the QG SIGNALS Trust. It was exciting to find out that just over £2000 was raised for charity from the curry lunch and a Kothimara Khukuri auction.
With the completion of an academically demanding three months induction training, the trainees have now moved to 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment, Blandford, where they will undertake their initial trade training.
By Corporal Sagar Thapa Magar, Queen’s Gurkha Signals