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Update from the Brigade Language and Culture team

17th March 2020

Update from the Brigade Language and Culture team

The Brigade Culture and Language Team is currently in Nepal to deliver Survival Nepali Language Course (SNLC) - 19/2.

This commenced on 24th February 2020 with a total of 14 students, from across all of the Gurkha cap-badges. As part of the SNLC package, all the students take part in the iconic Doko Run and complete a two-week long mandatory Directed Duty Trek in Nepal.

The ten weeklong SNLC runs twice a year in Pokhara and is the flagship course run by the Brigade Culture and Language Team (BCLT). The course is programmed and delivered by the BCLT and is assessed externally by Defence Requirements Authority for Culture and Language (DRACL) based at Shrivenham to Standard Language Profile Level 1.

The delivery of Nepali language and culture to prepare young British officers and soldiers to serve with Gurkhas goes to the heart of the Brigade. The Survival Nepali Language Course offers a rare opportunity to Young Officers joining the Brigade to learn, first-hand, about the people, culture and the rich tradition of the Gurkha soldier in a unique environment.


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