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Officer recruitment

Our men make our Regiment what it is. It is a privilege to lead them, and to share their companionship. A young officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles will initially be placed in command of a platoon of up to thirty Gurkhas. He will be guided by a Sergeant who will steer him through the new culture that he will find himself immersed in.


The young officer will learn the ways of the Regiment, and through commitment and dedication, will earn the respect and trust of his men. We are looking for those who can inspire through personal example and devotion to our soldiers.

We pride ourselves on having a close knit organization; relaxed and welcoming and above all, fun. Service with Gurkhas offers endless opportunity for adventure and the chance to develop friendships that span cultural divides.

It is not for nothing that Sir Ralph Turner wrote in 1931 of the Gurkhas "Bravest of the Brave, most generous of the generous, never had country more faithful friends than you.”

Infantry battalions

Officers will join one of either two infantry battalions: 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) or 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR). One Battalion is based in Shorncliffe in Kent and is part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. As such life in this Battalion will be busy and provide excellent opportunities to train for Air Assault Task Force (AATF) Operations across the UK and Europe.

The other Battalion is based in Brunei in South-East Asia and is the UK’s Jungle Warfare Battalion. A young officer in Brunei will have to complete the fantastic, yet challenging, Jungle Warfare Instructors Course (JWIC) and spend a lot of time training under the jungle canopy. Brunei is a superb tropical setting and offers excellent travel, sports and adventurous training opportunities across South-East Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, to mention but a few). Those officers based in Brunei can also expect to go deploy on overseas exercises to either Australia or New Zealand.

The two Battalions rotate locations approximately every three years, ensuring officers and soldiers get to train themselves in both the 16 Air Assault and Jungle roles.

Language course in Nepal

Young officers can also expect to undergo a 3-month Nepali language course during their first year in Battalion. This course takes place in Nepal in the stunning location of Pokhara, based out of the British military camp. During this course, young officers will also complete the infamous “Doko Race” that all Gurkha soldiers must complete.

This entails a race up a 5km incline whilst carrying 25kg in a traditional Doko wicker basket. At the end of the course, young officers will go on a 2-week trek across the Himalayan foothills to improve their language, undertake important work for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and to learn and understand the landscape their soldiers have grown up in.


Most of our British Officers have degrees but some enter the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst direct from school or having previously joined the Army as a soldier. If you wish to become a Gurkha Officer please contact the Army Careers Adviser (ACA) who covers your school or university.

Alternatively, apply online via the Army Jobs website. Recruiting Group will then confirm your qualifications and put you in touch with the relevant ACA. Further more, anyone who wishes to know more about joining the RGR as an officer should contact the Regimental Secretary, Maj (Retd) B McKay MBE:

Maj (Retd) B McKay MBE. Regimental Secretary,
The Royal Gurkha Rifles, Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas
Robertson House, Camberley, Surrey
GU15 4PQ

Tel: 01276 412624. Email: GurkhasbdeRegtSec@mod.uk

Visit the Gurkha Brigade Association Website.

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