On the 31st of August 2021 Gurkha Recruit Intake 21 trainees were assigned their capbadges at a parade on the Bhanubhakta VC Square at the Gurkha Training Company located with the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.
This is a very proud and important day for the Trainees and the Gurkha family. Senior representatives from each of the Gurkha capbadges and units were present, along with Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, to personally congratulate the young trainees on their assignments to either; The Royal Gurkha Rifles, Queen’s Gurkha Signals, Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support, the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment or The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel Jody Davies MBE, addressed the trainees and staff before the presentation of Berets or capbadges depending on assignment. He congratulated the 340 trainees on parade or succeeding in reaching this milestone and advised them to steer their own careers forward which for many would be at least 24 years. Some on parade may well return to Catterick as instructors or even Gurkha Officers in the future. He spoke about the importance of leadership and how they would be called upon in the future to be leaders.
The trainees still have some weeks to go until they pass out of the Training company and join their units later this year. Seven months into their nine-month journey in becoming a British Army Gurkha, the 340 Trainee Riflemen discovered the Regiment or Battalion they will be joining in December on completion of the basic Infantry training requirements.
This milestone is key and they know all can start to understand how they fit into the Gurkha Family and the type of roles they will be taking on when they finish in Catterick.
Allocation of the trainees across the Brigade of Gurkhas for 2021: