We asked some of Recruit Intake 21 what the first few weeks in training has been like for them.
Trainee Rifleman James Thebe Limbu – 1 Platoon
I was surprised at the way the British Army demands the highest standards from young Gurkha recruits in almost everything, barrack cleanliness, field robustness, physical fitness and firing perfect shots. I am grateful that the Army provides us with many opportunities to develop personally and professionally. Even our Saheb’s, our Guruji’s, and my English teacher (an Army reservist) went through the similar stage that we are right now and made it through. The way they have maintained their professionalism should keep us motivated. It will take a lot of time, patience, knowledge, and perseverance to get to the end.
Trainee Rifleman Ankit Thapa – 4 Platoon
Everything has been surprising. training and learning new skills are rapid. I am amazed by how much we could take on, although it does not mean we remember everything first time. Equally the training aid and techniques our Sahebs and Gurujis employ have been impressive. Their skills to detect mistakes in our work is incredible.
Trainee Rifleman Manik Gurung – 4 Platoon
Every single day of our training brings surprises; the lessons, routines and all. It has been a steep learning curve. I was expecting a bit of culture shock but I am amazed by the vibes and homely environment similar to Nepal in Gurkha Company. Other surprises – Catterick turned out to be a beautiful and quiet village, not a city full of skyscrapers. I found out that people here dry their clothes inside a room, we get to see our Numberies from other Platoons once in a blue moon, fall in and meetings can occur at any time if the day.
Trainee Rifleman Adin Rana Magar – 5 Platoon
The best surprise is that I have arrived at Catterick from the hilly region of Nepal. Since our arrival, every day has seen new challenges. One time you are in a warm room, then outside in a field holding a cold rifle and by the time you hit a training routine, the day has gone, and the weekend arrives, time moves very quickly when you are busy. I am excited and looking forward to my new life in the British Army and the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Trainee Rifleman Sagar Gurung – 6 Platoon
The first few weeks of training filled with lots of different activities and lessons which were fun and all new experiences. From physical training, drill, and rifle lessons to introduction Exercises. Every moment was full of memories. The training has given me lots of joy and motivation and driven me to complete all the training to a high standard.
Trainee Rifleman Divash Gurung – 6 Platoon
During my first few weeks in Catterick, I was surprised to see how good the rooms and facilities are. The facilities we are given as a soldier include heating, washing machines and dryers are not something I would normally expect in Nepal. I was also surprised by the changing weather here in the UK. It is Summer but still, we have experienced snowfalls here.
Trainee Rifleman Rahul Rai – 8 Platoon
I am now in the second module of the Training and it has been full of surprises. For the first two weeks, we were in isolation and adhered to the COVID-19 safety guidance within the section. Following the isolation period, we were exposed to the abrupt changes in weather that the UK has. From the challenges of physical development to classroom lessons in English Language our training has been very exciting.