From remote villages in Nepal to their new home of Catterick Garrison, 270 Gurkha recruits have now graduated after a 39-week training course.
To mark the end of a tough selection process, a parade has taken place- and for many like Assok Damanz it was a dream come true:
“This was one of the proudest days of my life, so I’m feeling very good today!”
Some of the soldiers had never been on a plane before coming to the UK, while others did not speak a word of English, so a lot has been achieved in under a year.
This is a particularly proud moment for the man who has watched their development from day one - Prem Gurung, their Officer Commanding:
“Some of these soldiers have tried three or four times, so this is a journey of probably two or three years.
“This is one step towards their dream, and as their Officer Commanding I am absolutely proud.”
The Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster was there to meet the troops. He has seen first-hand the process to which the soldiers go through and just what this day means to them:
“To have got through this course is really an amazing achievement.
“It’s a demonstration of the commitment and demonstration that they’ve shown, and their desire to join the British Armed Forces”.
After a challenging nine months working together, these Gurkha soldiers will now be going their separate ways to join their regiments all across the U.K.
But not before they join together once again to say goodbye to Catterick Garrison in traditional Gurkha style.
There is no shortage of men wanting to join the Brigade of Gurkhas, so next year will see yet another round of recruits anxious but excited for this process.