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Passing Off The Square: Gurkhas Put To The Test

Eight weeks ago Britain's newest Gurkha recruits arrived at Catterick Garrison, fresh from stepping off a flight from Nepal. Now, they've...

Eight weeks ago Britain's newest Gurkha recruits arrived at Catterick Garrison, fresh from stepping off a flight from Nepal.
 
Now, they've reached their first rite of passage.
 
It's called 'Passing Off The Square' and sees them being assessed on their overall performance, standard of dress, turnout and individual drill.
 
If they pass the assessment, they leave the parade ground with new privileges.
 
They'll be granted 'messing permissions', which means cooking huge pans of Gurkha curry on fires outside.
 
They'll also be able to buy mobile phones and call home for the first time, and their instructors have even managed to negotiate the rights to screen a brand new Nepali movie in Catterick - that's not even been released in Nepal yet.