Gurkha Riflemen Leave For Army After Training 211118 BFBS
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'It's Ok To Cry Now': Gurkha Riflemen Leave To Join New Units

The newly-trained riflemen will now move onto a career in the British Army after completing their training.

Gurkha Riflemen Leave For Army After Training 211118 BFBS

After nine months of intensive training, this year’s 267 fully trained new Gurkha riflemen have left Catterick and are headed off to their respective units.

The newly-trained riflemen will now move onto a career in the British Army after completing their training and successfully passing out from Gurkha Company.

Rifleman Nirmal Lawati from the Queen's Gurkha Signals described the moment he said goodbye to his fellow Gurkha Company colleagues as though he was leaving his family:

"I'm going away from family."

Rifleman Dipen Rai, from the Queen's Gurkha Engineers, echoed his comments, saying it was an emotional time for them.

"I didn't want to cry but the tears came automatically."

He added: "The tears hold a lot of memories for our brotherhood - so I think it's ok to cry now."

Captain Milan Rai said it was a happy and sad occasion as they said goodbye to the newly trained Gurkhas.

"It is a mixture of happiness and it's emotional.

"It's happiness because they're going to their unit as a perfect soldier.

"Emotional because they've been here nine months and this is their home - so like all the people it is difficult for them to leave their home."

Gurkha Riflemen Leave For Army After Training 211118 BFBS

But it was also a hard day for the instructors who have nurtured the young men for the past nine months.

Corporal Dipendra Tamang said he felt "attached" to them but added that they had done "really well".

In February a brand new cohort of trainee riflemen will arrive, significantly bigger than the last.

Gurkha Riflemen Leave For Army After Training 211118 BFBS
Now, the young men will pursue their careers in the British Army.