Phase II - Initial Selection


Phase II - Initial Selection Overview

Those eligible from Registration will be called forward to attend this stage of Gurkha Recruiting. Phase II - Initial Selection will be held at British Gurkhas Pokhara for both Western and Eastern Potential Recruits. 

The call forward list and dates for Phase II - Initial Selection will be published on this website following Phase I - Registration. 

Those called forward must arrive on their designated date with all their original documents. They will have to bring photocopies (in A4 size) of all original documents they submit. These will be cross-checked with your online submissions from Phase I - Registration. 

You are required to bring the following documents (Forms available in the download section):

  • Completed Application form (with a passport-sized photograph).
  • Completed “Medically Fit to Attend” form.

You will be required to fill out a criminal conviction’s declaration to confirm that you do not hold any criminal convictions or to state any convictions you may hold. If you fail to bring the appropriate documents or correctly completed documents, you will be turned away. 

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will be checked and should be between 18 and 28 (to confirm). 

An Area Recruiting Officer (ARO) will then brief you on the process for the next stage of Gurkha Recruiting - Phase III - Final Selection.   

Dates and further information

The call forward list for Phase II - Initial Selection will be published in due course.

Education Assessments

At Phase II - Initial Selection candidates will sit a written English and mathematics assessments. These are designed to broadly test the candidates’ functional skills to Entry Level 2 standard. 

When answering questions, candidates must read the questions carefully before answering. Providing too little, or even too much information does not show that the candidate has fully understood the question. The literacy and numeracy requirements are in line with wider British Army recruiting. Further information relating to these standards can be found in the “Adult Literacy Core Curriculum”.

Practice papers can be found in our download section.

Physical Assessments

In line with the British Army’s Physical Entry Standards (PES), the physical assessments are:

  1. Over Arm Heaves:   Minimum 12 (best effort)
  2. 800m Run:   Under 2 minutes and 30 seconds (best effort)
  3. Repeated Lift and Carry (Short):   Under 1 minute and 46 seconds (best effort).

Best Effort. You must give your full effort in every test to achieve the highest score that you can. The better your score, the more points you will get and the more likely it is that you will be selected to attend Phase III - Final Selection.

You can find videos demonstrating how to complete these tests below. 


Medical Requirements

At the Phase II - Initial Selection, there will be basic medical checks including blood pressure, hyperextension, long distance eye test, colour perception, Ear, Dental and functional movement.

This is to ensure that you are physically able to undergo Gurkha Selection. 

You must bring a “Medically Fit to Attend” certificate found in our download section. This must be completed and signed and stamped by a doctor who is registered with the Nepal Medical Council. If it is not signed or stamped by a doctor, you will not be permitted to undergo Gurkha Selection.

Medical Advice. This can be downloaded. It is very important that you read this carefully. This can be downloaded. It is very important that you read this carefully.

Physical Demonstration - Heaves