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Gurkha training

Recruits joining The Brigade of Gurkhas undergo their initial training at ITC Catterick, with a combined Phase 1 and 2 Combat Infantryman’s Course.

Gurkha Company at ITC Catterick is part of the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion. Its mission is to mould Nepalese youths into trained soldiers who will live up to the traditions of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Selection takes place in Nepal, but competition is fierce: only 230 trainee riflemen are recruited each year out of about 17,000 applicants.

The Combat Infantryman’s Course – Gurkha runs from January to October. It addresses a range of areas; Brigade ethos, language training, cultural training, career management and trade selection, as well as the same 26-week Combat Infantryman’s Course that the Line Infantry receive.

It is the Company’s responsibility to ensure that training is conducted in the right, relevant and realistic manner. This enables the trained Gurkha soldiers to fulfil their roles on operations, continuing the great traditions of their forefathers.

Gurkha training lasts for 37 weeks and includes:

English language training

English language training is conducted by Learning Development Wing (LDW).

The recruits are divided into classes according to their abilities – this is established by LDW during central selection.

Overall this package takes 8 weeks. Platoons conduct 6 weeks language training, alternated with military training, followed by nationally accredited examinations before they enter the Field Army.