Royal Gurkha Rifles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been recruited to the Brigade of Gurkhas in each year since 2010; to which unit each such person was recruited; and from which region of Nepal those recruits originated.

Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Recruitment to the Brigade of Gurkhas in Nepal starts in April each year with an advert stating the number required. Final selection and enlistment is in December with allocation to unit occurring towards the end of training the following year. Traditionally half of each intake is recruited from the west of Nepal, around Pokhara, and half from the east, around Dharan. The recruitment of Gurkhas was reduced during the redundancy programme but has now increased. The table shows the recruit totals and the allocation to units for the recruiting year 2010 to date. The allocation to units for 2015 is provisional as the recruits are still under training.

UNIT

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Royal Gurkha Rifles

100

100

60

60

120

Queen's Gurkha Engineers

20

20

20

20

20

Queen's Gurkha Signals

30

20

20

20

40

Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

20

30

20

20

40

Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support

10

10

-

-

-

Brigade Band

-

-

-

-

-

TOTALS

180

180

130

130

230

The totals are official statistics produced by Defence Statistics. Unit details are single service estimates only. Figures have been rounded in accordance with normal policy.

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