Third Gurkha Battalion Confirmed

Posted on March 12, 2019

The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will be established as a Specialised Infantry Battalion comprised of 270 personnel and will begin recruiting later this year.

Personnel in the new battalion will join members of the Specialist Infantry Group, completing plans to establish five Specialised Infantry Battalions.

These are designed to provide expert capacity building and training skills, with a focus on niche capabilities or areas of the world.

Selection for the Gurkha intake is bigger than ever, with the largest number of Nepalese recruits joining the British Army since 1985.

There are also plans for two further Signals squadrons and a new Engineer squadron among the increase to the size of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

The UK-led NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps will become almost entirely made up of Gurkhas.

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