Gurkhas Today


For 200 years, the Gurkhas have served with the British Army. Their numbers currently stand at around three and a half thousand.

The Gurkhas' mission - "To serve as an integral part of the British Army whilst retaining its Nepalese identity and culture, and adhering to the terms and conditions of Gurkha service".


The modern Brigade of Gurkhas is an integral part of the British Army in the 21st century, providing well-trained and fully manned units, deployable across the full spectrum of operations and environments. The Gurkhas remain a strategic source of manpower, able to expand rapidly as required, with an unsurpassed competition for recruiting.
Gurkhas can boast no wastage in initial training and full retention, which leads to an enviable accumulation of experience. All Gurkhas are trained as ‘Infantry first’, and thus all Gurkhas are Riflemen at heart even if they join one of the Corps units. The Brigade of Gurkhas Corps units provide high end engineer, signal and logistic capabilities, using the latest military technologies.
The main body of the Gurkhas form two battalions in The Royal Gurkha Rifles. One battalion is in the UK as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade and they are the specialist Air Assault Task Force. The other battalion is based in Brunei in South-East Asia and is the UK’s Jungle Warfare specialist battalion. All Brigade of Gurkha units continue to be heavily involved and at the forefront of all UK military operations.


The Gurkhas leave no man behind. When a squad of troops was ambushed out in the open in Afghanistan in 2008, one soldier, Yubraj Rai, was hit and fatally wounded. But Captain Gajendera Angdembe and Riflemen Dhan Gurung and Manju Gurung carried Rai across 325 feet of open ground under heavy fire. At one point, one of the soldiers resorted to using both his own rifle and Rai's rifle at the same time to return fire on the enemy.

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