The Brigade of Gurkhas’ Cap Badging Ceremony is a unique occasion that holds a special place in the Brigade’s calendar. This year it took place on Monday 10 September at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Since arriving in mid February the 270 recruits have been undergoing training in basic soldiering and infantry skills as well as taking part in their culture and language package. During this period, units of the Brigade of Gurkhas visited to explain the roles and responsibilities of their cap badges in order that the recruits can make an informed choice.
Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson, began the ceremony by congratulating the recruits on the quality of their training so far. He explained that this day was a significant day not just for the recruits but also the Brigade and the Gurkha units who are excited to learn of their new manpower. He said that he wanted to place a priority on meeting their preferences, balanced by unit requirements, and this meant that 96% got their First or Second Choice.
Officer Commanding Gurkha Company, Major Prembahadur Gurung MBE, then read out each of their names followed by their allocated unit and each recruit then joined their new cap badge group. Units Commanding Officers and senior staff then moved forward to welcome the new recruits to their units and provided them with their new Gurkha unit berets and cap badges.