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A Fresh 240 New British Gurkha recruits arrive in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire


North Yorkshire : A FRESH intake of Gurkha recruits arrived in Catterick Garrison today after travelling from Nepal following a gruelling selection process. Major Ed Withey said a total of 240 recruits will arrive in the garrison today and tomorrow (Thursday) and will be welcomed with a special ceremony which involves blessings from the brigade Buddhist and Hindu temples. Maj Withey said: “The recruits have come a long way through a rigorous selection process in Nepal. “We get between 7,000 and 8,000 applications each year and those that make the cut have three significant milestones to get through.

“At each stage they have to demonstrate skills in English and maths, and they must have the equivalent of three Cs and three Ds at GCSE, as well as having a good level of fitness. “The physical and mental tests get more difficult until we are left with a final 500 who have to carry a basket weighing 25kg up the side of a Himalayan mountain.” Once the recruits, aged between 17 and 21, make it to Catterick Garrison they have a series of cultural trips to help them settle in to life in Britain, including lessons on how to work a cash machine and navigate busy town centres. Maj Withey added: “During the year we take them to Whitby as they will have never seen the sea before, and to London to visit the Houses of Parliament.” Recruits have the chance to move into various battalions of the Brigade of Gurkhas, including infantry, engineers, signals, logistics, the band and clerical support.

More About Catterick Garrison
Catterick Garrison is a major garrison and town located 3 miles south of Richmond in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is the largest British Army garrison in the world with a population of around 13,000 and measuring over 2,400 acres, however under plans announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in November 2005, the population of Catterick Garrison is expected to grow to over 25,000 by 2020, making it the largest population centre in the local area. The town lies within the Richmond (Yorks) parliamentary constituency, which has been represented since 1989 by Conservative William Hague. It also lies within the Central Richmondshire electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and its boundaries lie in both the Hipswell and Scotton wards of Richmondshire District Council.




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