Central Selection

Gurkhas

Central Selection Overview

Welcome to the Recruit Intake 20 Central Selection Page.

If you have been selected from Regional Selection to attend Central Selection then you have already done very well so well done. Key to your success will be how well you prepare yourself for all aspects of Central Selection.

In the downloads section at the bottom of these pages, you can find lots of help for the Physical, Educational and Interview aspects of Central Selection.

Dates and Further Information

10 January – 10 February 2020

You must arrive on the date of your call forward which you can find in the download section below.

Medical

You cannot prepare for the medical. However, here are some tips to help you:

  • Do no listen to very loud music or other loud noises immediately before Central Selection or it may affect your hearing test.
  • Do not take any supplements or energy drinks as these may affect your performance.
  • Declare any medication on entering British Camp so that we can properly look after you during your selection.

Physical

  • Be careful in your Physical Training.
    • We recommend that you use the Training Programme below. Do not over train and injure yourself before Selection.
    • Always warm up and cool down before and after all training sessions.
    • Make sure you train progressively and plan your training so that you are at your peak by Central Selection.
  • The Physical tests for CS are:
    • 2000m Run in 8 minutes 15 Seconds
    • 8 Heaves as a minimum
    • Lift and Carry Long in 6 Minutes and 30 Seconds
    • Jerry Can Carry – 240 metres in 2 minutes 10 seconds
    • Doko Race – 5.8km carrying 15KG in 50 minutes
  • Use the video on the website to help you.

Education Tests

There will be 4 English tests during Central Selection. The tests are run by Professional British  Education Officers. You can find practice exams below in the download section.

RI20 Tests will fall in line with the new and updated Functional Skills Syllabus which can be found below in the download section.

Interview

If you make it to the interview you have done very well. At this stage we want to know who you are and why you want to be a Gurkha Soldier in Britain’s famous Brigade of Gurkhas. If you are successful, you will carry our high reputation into the future so we only want the best and the most trusted individuals.

A soldier in the Brigade should have excellent values and standards, be robust and, most importantly must want to do the job of Gurkha Soldier.

Advice for the interview can be found in the download section below.

Physical Tests Requirements