Gurkhas

New Gurkhas Welcomed Into Royal Corps Of Signals

This year's number of Gurkhas joining the Signals is almost double 2019's total.

Sixty-nine Gurkhas have officially joined the Royal Corps of Signals, pledging their oath to the Queen and their Regiment.

This year's number of Gurkhas joining the Signals is almost double 2019's total.

As they marched onto the square at Gamecock Barracks, trainee Gurkha signallers knew the parade marked the beginning of a new stage in their British Army careers.

Families watched on as they placing a hand on the British Flag and pledged their oath.

"That's significant because they're basically demonstrating their commitment to the Queen," Lieutenant Colonel Hannah Stoy, Queen's Gurkha Signals commander, said.

"I've devoted myself to serve in the British Army," Trainee Signaller Deependra Ghardimaga said.

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The new recruits pledged their oath.

Passing off this square marks just the start of their careers as Gurkha signallers.

Commander of the regiment, Major General Jonathan Cole, said they have had vigorous training to get to this stage.

"They've now been assessed based on their competencies to absorb technical training and they will then be learning about how to apply mathematical principles to modern IT technologies," he said.

"They will be educated and trained throughout their careers to respond to the incredible pace of changing technologies," Major General Cole added.

The next step for these newly attested Gurkhas will be Blandford, where they will embark on their trade training, eventually becoming the Royal Corps of Signals' newest engineers, electricians and communications specialists.