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New Gurkha Recruits Take Their First Steps Into British Society

Since arriving two months ago, the recruits had stayed exclusively at their Catterick base, making the day out a special treat.

More than 10,000 applied, but only 270 were chosen to be the latest Gurkha recruits to join the British Army from Nepal this year.

They have now started their training at Catterick Garrison, and after more than two months there, we joined some of them on their first day trip out of the base to experience what life is like in the UK.

The trip took them to Richmond Castle where they were faced with some brand new challenges, such as using their bank cards.

Training Rifleman Amit Rai told us about his excitement over being involved in the excursion:

“We’re just trying to observe all the views and take in as much as we can, with all the new people and all the new faces, everything looks new!

Gurkha day Out

"My neighbour joined the British Army, and I got really inspired by hearing his stories, and I wanted to make my family proud by joining the Army."

Since arriving two months ago, the recruits had stayed exclusively at their Catterick base, making the day out a special treat.

After the castle, they visited the Green Howards Regimental Museum, giving them a chance to absorb military history, as well as take a look at their vast medal collection.

Next stop was Darlington, where the recruits went to buy some essential items, such as ironing boards and domestic supplies.

Company Instructor Corporal Nagesh Sunuwar explained the importance of the day out:

“It is absolutely necessary for them to understand how British society works, because they’ll be working throughout their service in this society.”

Gurkha day Out