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Emotional Day As Gurkhas Leave Catterick

As the MOD prepares to increase the Gurkha intake by 25%, early this morning the British Army's newest recruits left their training centre...

As the MOD prepares to increase the Gurkha intake by 25%, early this morning the British Army's newest recruits left their training centre in Catterick for the last time. 
 
'Gurkha Company' - the Gurkha soldiers in training at Catterick, who we've been following since they arrived in the UK last January, have come to the end of their time at the camp.
 
After nine months of hard training, English tests, cultural lessons and weapons handling it was a proud day for the Gurkhas.
 
The young men are headed for Shorncliffe, Maidstone, Staffordshire, some to Brunei.
 
The first thing they brought with their own money when they arrived in the UK were mobile phones. Now those very phones will likely become their link to the lifelong friends they have made during their time in Catterick.
 
It was an emotional day as the riflemen boarded buses bound for their new regiments.