The Gurkha Soldier

This short clip from the early 2000s shows a glimpse of the life and experience of a soldier in the modern UK Brigade of Gurkhas...

Role in the modern Army

Today, the Gurkhas remain an important part of the British Army. In recent times, Gurkhas have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Falklands and Gulf Wars.

Peacekeeping missions have also taken them to Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor and Sierra Leone. They remain renowned for their loyalty, professionalism and bravery.

Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you

Sir Ralph Turner MC, 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1931

The selection process

Becoming a Gurkha is a matter of great pride. Thousands of young Nepali men apply, but few are accepted. The rigorous selection process includes English grammar and mathematics tests, initiative and medical assessments and interviews with serving officers.

Not least, candidates face gruelling fitness tests including a 'doko race', which involves carrying 25kg of sand while running up a steep 4.2km course.

Those who pass muster find themselves at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, where a rigorous nine-month training course covers language, military skills, and instruction on Western customs and Regimental culture.

Life as a soldier

After passing out, the young Gurkha soldier joins a Regiment or corps unit. Depending on his aptitude and interests, he could serve as an infantryman in The Royal Gurkha Rifles or as a sapper, signaller, trainee Staff and Personnel Support clerk, professional driver or trainee chef in one of the Brigade's four corps units.

Ahead lie years of adventure, brotherhood, service, and indeed danger. Even in recent years, Gurkhas have made the ultimate sacrifice on operations in Afghanistan.

When you know you're with the Gurkhas, I think there's no safer place to be

HRH Prince Harry, following tour of Afghanistan, 2008

The Gurkha Brigade Association

The GBA members include all soldiers from the Brigade of Gurkhas, past and present.

Visit their website for news and info on the serving Brigade.

Gurkha 200

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of loyal Gurkha service.

Find out more about what went on during this historic milestone for the legendary Brigade of Gurkhas.

Sgt Dipprasad Pun CGC

The highest decorated serving Gurkha soldier, Dipprased received a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his courageous acts in Afghanistan.