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25% More Gurkhas For The British Army

The number of Gurkhas in the British Army is to be increased by 25% "over the coming years", says a senior officer. Lieutenant General James...

The number of Gurkhas in the British Army is to be increased by 25% "over the coming years", says a senior officer.
 
Lieutenant General James Bashall made the announcement that the Brigade of Gurkhas, the collective term for British Army units composed of Nepalese soldiers, is to be boosted by a quarter.
 
It came as the newest wave of recruits officially joined, after nine months of intense training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.
 
 
Watched by proud friends, family and dignitaries, 232 of the original 240 recruits, selected from thousands of applicants back in Nepal, successfully completed rifleman's training. 
 
The remaining eight were injured and hope to pass out early next year.
 
Lt Gen Bashall CBE led the inspection of the recruits, with music from the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
 
There were awards for the fittest trainee, the recruit with the most improved English, the champion shot, and the champion trainees for each unit and overall.