Gurkhas

How Gurkha Recruits Learn Urban Warfare Skills

The soldiers will put the theory learned here into practice later on in the course.

This year's Gurkha recruits have been learning how to operate in urban warfare.

The soldiers, who make up the biggest intake of Gurkhas in more than 30 years, have now reached the halfway stage in their riflemen course.

The British Army agreed to a significant increase in the numbers of recruits to be selected at the end of 2018 resulting in 400 young Nepalese men joining Gurkha Company in February 2019 - the biggest intake in 33 years.

On a course at Whinney Hill training area at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, the trainees were shown the basics of urban operations, including search drills and explosive methods of entry.

Gurkha recruits practice searching for bombs.
Gurkha recruits practise searching for bombs.

Training Rifleman Mishal Waiba said that it is "a very new environment" for them: "It's really exciting to see how the building can be defended in very different ways. We're still learning."

"The most interesting part of today has been seeing the buildings from inside and how everything is set up from defence to attack and how we manage all things inside the buildings," Training Rifleman Hitson Magar said. 

The young soldiers were also talked through booby traps, bombs, and searches. 

Today they were able to explore the urban training environment and note down a wealth of information delivered by their instructors. Later in the course they will get the chance to put the theories learned into practice.