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The Royal Gurkha Rifles

The Gurkhas are a unique unit in the Army with a reputation of being amongst the finest and most feared soldiers in the world. All Gurkha soldiers are recruited in Nepal. British Officers are recruited from across the UK and Commonwealth.

The Royal Gurkha Rifles currently have a jungle role Battalion permanently based in Brunei and a Light Role Battalion in the UK.

All Officers are expected to speak Nepali and will attend a language course in Nepal. The Gurkhas have only been eligible for the Victoria Cross since 1911. During this time 26 have been awarded, 13 to British Officers and 13 to Gurkha Soldiers.


The Royal Gurkha Rifles abbreviated to RGR; the current regimental home is in:

Sir John Moore Barracks
Kent CT20 3HJ

Colonel in Chief

HRH the Prince of Wales KG KT GCB AK QSO ADC  

Regimental Marches

Quick March - Bravest of the Brave
Double March - The Keel Row
Slow March (Band) - God Bless the Prince of Wales
Slow March (Pipes) - The Garb of old Gaul

Regimental Days

Meiktila - 1 March
Medicina - 16 April
Regimental Birthday - 1 July
Gallipoli - 7 August
Delhi Day - 14 September