If you go into the woods in Brunei, you could be in for a big surprise.
To become a Lance Corporal Gurkha soldiers have to undergo one of the toughest tests in the British Army, the Junior Leadership Cadre (JLC).
After 12 gruelling days in a hot and humid jungle in Brunei, JLC candidates from 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR) put everything they have learned into practice as Section Commanders or 2IC’s (2nd in Command) on their final Company attack.
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As dawn breaks over the Bruneian jungle, it is time to put into practice what they have been taught which you can see in the clip above. Lt Oscar Goldfinger, the Chief Training Officer explains:
“Today has been the final attack of the JLC18 final exercise so the guys have just finished their tactical phase of the course, they’ve just spent 12 days in the trees.”
The attack was on Bukit Teraja, a jungle area known for its high biodiversity. The area is home to 36 species of frog, 233 butterfly species, 40 waterfalls and more than 10 species of snake, some poisonous.
After a night sleeping without hammocks or roll mats, the Gurkha soldiers were on the ground, ready to go. Rifleman Biswas Nugo, A Coy, 3 Platoon, 2RGR explained what it was like:
“It was quite demanding. Last night the sleep was quite low… it was quite cold. We didn’t have anything, we just lied down on the ground.
“The morning attack was good ‘cause it was still dark and the mortars keep landing and it was like the sound was excellent; I think the attack went very well.”
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This is week six of a seven-week course designed to train the next era of 2RGR Junior Leaders.
Major Andy Blackmore, the Chief Instructor of JLC18 is happy with how it went.
“We’ve focused a lot on time and orders delivery and then execution so I think the guys have been given a huge amount of time to learn, which I’m happy about.”
Despite torrential rain, the Junior Leadership Cadre started at the beginning of February with a basic personal fitness assessment. Gurkha soldiers are considered to be the best of the best so fitness is crucial and these candidates did not disappoint as seen in the clip below.
At the end of JLC18 prizes and promotions were handed out to well deserving soldiers. BFBS Brunei captured the ceremony in the clip below.