Following the Borneo Confrontation from 1963 to 1966, the Brigade of Gurkhas moved to Hong Kong. As part of that process they had to reduce in size and therefore a redundancy programme was put in place between 1967 and 1972.
Pensions were paid to all those with at least 10 years’ service by virtue of three years credit of service. This meant that those with 12 years’ service got a full 15 year pension, and those with 10 and 11 years’ service got 13/15ths or 14/15ths of a 15 year pension.
Gurkhas selected for redundancy who had less than 10 years’ service did not qualify for a pension, but were given a capital lump sum.
It has been argued by some Gurkha veterans’ organisations that this group should be given preserved pensions.
However, it would be against long standing Government policy to give a service pension entitlement to these Gurkhas for the reasons of retrospection and also because it would be unfair in comparison with British Army veterans with the same amount of service who also receive nothing.