- Results of the first Conditional VEng(S) to VEng(F) for Intake 2008 have been announced.
- Across the Brigade of Gurkhas (BG) the overall percentage of personnel from Intake 2008 selected for conversion to VEng(F) is 93%.
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- There has been significant success at improving career prospects within the Brigade.
- Those who have been unsuccessful this year have another opportunity to convert to VEng(F) next year.
- The VEng was introduced as a new type of engagement on 1 Jan 08. VEng consists of three stages:
- Short (12 years)
- Full (24 years)
- Long (30 years)
- Since 2008 all new recruits have entered Service on a Veng (Short) engagement.
- For the BG, Intake 2008 is the first intake to be boarded for VEng(F) conversion.
- Across the BG 93% of Intake 2008 have been offered VEng(F) conversion.
- Specific cap badge breakdown is as follows:
- RGR – 100% Conditional VEng(F) conversion.
- QG SIGNALS – 80% Conditional VEng(F) conversion, when combined with Automatic VEng(F) conversion this is a total of 83%.
- QGE – 75% Conditional VEng(F) conversion, when combined with Automatic VEng(F) conversion this is a total of 79%.
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- QOGLR – 100% Conditional VEng(F) conversion, when combined with Automatic VEng(F) conversion this is a total of 100%.
- GSPS – 100% Automatic VEng(F) conversion.
- Those soldiers who have successfully converted to VEng(F) now have the opportunity for a full 24 year career in the BG.
The results of this conversion board are good news for all in the BG.
Much of the success in increasing the VEng(F) conversion rate is the result of a number of new posts for Gurkha soldiers and particularly the increase in JNCO and SNCO positions.
The Brigade is getting bigger and employment opportunities are growing.
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