The largest number of Gurkhas to pass out and join the British Army for more than 30 years have been praised for their outstanding results by one of the most senior Army generals.
Of the 399 Gurkhas who arrived at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick Garrison nine months ago all 399 were present for their Passing out Parade at Helles Barracks yesterday.
And Inspecting Officer Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw, Chief of Defence Logistics and Support and Colonel Commandant The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, said the numbers passing out were the best in the British Army.
The parade was accompanied by music from the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas with more than 500 family and friends in support cheering and applauding as the parade marched on the square, through the prize-giving ceremonies and as the soldiers marched off.
Lt Gen Wardlaw said: “Today is a wonderful achievement for every soldier on parade. Each one of you will never forget the lingering bond with your section commander. It will stay with you for the rest of your life not just your time in the Army.”
Lt Gen Wardlaw added that the support from families and friends would be vital throughout their careers and the numbers in the crowd was a shining example of that support.