Phase III - Final Selection


Phase Three - Final Selection Overview

Those Potential Recruits (PRs) successful at Phase Three - Initial Selection will be published on the call forward list for Phase Three - Final Selection. These PRs will be invited to attend Phase Three - Final Selection at British Gurkhas Pokhara.

As the penultimate phase of Gurkha recruiting, Phase Three - Final Selection will select the best 204 Trainee Riflemen for the British Army (BA) and 144 Trainee Policemen for the Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police Force (GCSPF). Successful PRs listed on the call forward list must arrive on their designated date with the following documents:

  • Own NPP
  • MRP or E-Passport
  • 10 Days Self Isolation Form - Signed by a witness (Parent or Guardian)
  • Next of Kin Form - Duly completed


Dates and Further Information

Phase Three - Final Selection Dates:

  • BA: 12 Jan to 4 Feb 2023
  • GCSPF: 12 Feb to 23 Feb 2023


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

  1. Do not listen to very loud music or other loud noises immediately before Phase Three - Final Selection; it may affect your hearing test.
  2. Do not take any supplements or energy drinks as these may affect your performance.
  3. Declare any medication on arriving at British Gurkhas Pokhara so that we can properly look after you during selection.
  4. Bring the appropriate medical documents if you are on medication or have had surgery.
  5. Fizzy drinks such as Coca-cola, Fanta, Mountain dew and Red Bull are extremely bad for your health. If you drink sugary drinks regularly this can affect your body in a bad way. If you have excess sugar in your urine during the urine test, then this means your organs cannot process the sugar properly and you will fail selection. Please only drink water and avoid sugary drinks.

Physical Assessments

In line with the British Army’s Physical Entry Standards (PES), the following physical assessments will be tested at Phase Three - Final Selection:

  1. 2km Run: Under 8 minutes. (Best Effort)
  2. Jerry Can Carry: Under 2 minutes. (Best Effort)
  3. DOKO Run: Under 46 minutes. (Best Effort)
  4. Mid-Thigh Pull: 76 Kilograms. (British Army Only)
  5. Medicine Ball Throw: 3.1 meters. (British Army Only)

Best Effort: Remember you must perform as well as possible and give only your very best effort in every test to achieve the highest score that you can. The higher you score, the greater number of points you will be given, making your selection into the British Army or the Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police Force more likely.

You can find a video demonstrating the jerry can assessment below.

Note: Candidates for the GCSPF will take part in a short team task, where attitude, communication skills and problem-solving ability will be assessed. This will not be done for British Army candidates.

Education Assessments

There will be two English tests at Phase III - Final Selection. A 10-minute speaking and listening exam and a 30-minute writing exam. The tests are run by professional education officers. In your writing exam you will be assessed on your content, spelling, punctuation and grammar. You can find an example paper, the exam instructions and advice in the download section below. During your speaking and listening assessment you will be tested on your answer structure, grammar, vocabulary, clarity of speech, flow and response, as well as understanding and following direction. You will be called up individually to have a conversation with an education officer. You must pass the speaking & listening exam to be able to continue with selection. Advice and practice questions can be found in the download section.


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 be responsible for continuing our strong reputation in the future. Therefore, we only want the best and the most trusted individuals. 

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

You should do lots of research about your chosen unit. Visit their social media accounts like Facebook. Learn about what they are doing in the world right now and think about what it is that this particular regiment does that interests you. 

Those candidates that train on their own usually perform best at interview because their answers are natural and from the heart. Training centres teach you bad answers and if everyone from the same training centre says the same answer, we know that you are not telling the truth or that you cannot think for yourself. 

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

Physical Demonstration - Jerry Can Carry