Gurkhas

Gurkhas heading for Catterick after selection in Nepal

Held at British Gurkhas Pokhara, Nepal, the Attestation Parade saw personnel take an oath and swear allegiance to the Queen.

The latest intake of British Army Gurkhas have been selected in Nepal and are now set to travel to the UK to undergo further training.

Two hundred and eighteen recruits have joined the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas based at Catterick, where they will undertake nine months of training.

Held at British Gurkhas Pokhara, Nepal, the Attestation Parade saw personnel take an oath and swear allegiance to the Queen.

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Nepal Her Excellency Nicola Pollitt, Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw OBE (Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas), Brigadier The Rt Hon Lord Lancaster TD VR (Deputy Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas), Colonel Paul Smith (Commander BGN), and Colonel David Robinson (Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas) were among the dignitaries who took the attestation of the new recruits.

And Brigadier General Sudarshan Silwal of the Nepal Army and Deputy Inspector General Dibesh Lohani of the Armed Police Force were among the main guests who witnessed the overall inspection.

The parade marks the end of a long selection process for the recruits.

Watch: The moment 300 Gurkhas became British Army soldiers in December.

After arriving for a four-day selection programme, 420 potential recruits from the initial over 12,000 applicants were narrowed down to 218.

As well as fulfilling a list of medical requirements, they are also required to pass an English language test in speaking, listening and writing.

The recruits must also adhere to a number of 'character' traits, proving they are robust enough for life in the British Army.

This includes the infamous doko race, a 5.8km race uphill with a Nepalese basket weighing 15kg.

After the race, the recruits must complete a final interview conducted by three officers.

After the announcement of results, the recruits were then handed to Gurkha Company at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, to prepare for their Attestation Parade – signalling that they have made it through to the final stage of Gurkha selection.