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War News Updates: Becoming A Gurkha For The British Army

Becoming A Gurkha — The Telegraph Hundreds of young Nepalese are put through their paces as they bid to joining the prestigious Brigade of Gurkhas These Nepalese men, aged between 17 and 21, are among the final 300 competing to join the Brigade of Gurkhas. At the end of the two-week selection process only the 126 candidates with the highest score overall will be selected. Today s recruits need to be fitter and have more formal qualifications than their predecessors a generation ago.

Among the requirements are a Standard School Leaving Certificate and ability to run 800m in two minutes 45 seconds, do 12 pull-ups and 70 sit-ups. Success will mean a Western salary and a pension for life, together with the right to settle in Britain. Failure will see them return to their villages with only their reimbursed bus fares in their pockets.

Read more 1 …. My Comment : About seven years ago on a trip to India I had the good fortune of meeting 4 Gurkhas on their way home to visit their families in Nepal. Impressive does not even come close to defining them.

On a side note ….

I was not surprised when I learned years later that these same soldiers had this important job to do.

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Prince Harry made honorary Gurkha by fearsome warriors he served with in Afghanistan 3 — Daily Mail References ^ Read more (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ this important job to do. (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ Prince Harry made honorary Gurkha by fearsome warriors he served with in Afghanistan (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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War News Updates: Reforms Have Left The British Army In Chaos

Budget cuts have led to ‘hostile recruiting environment , claims leaked document Controversial plans to restructure the Army are failing because cuts to the defence budget are putting off potential new soldiers and making Britain a hostile recruiting environment , according to a leaked document. The memo, which is understood to have had wide distribution within the Ministry of Defence, says that disappointing recruitment to the new Army Reserve means that targets for a larger part-time force will not be reached. The recruitment crisis means the Army faces increased risk to its structure and operational capability , according to the document, which has been seen by The Telegraph.

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My Comment: Who in his right mind would want to join a Armyrats © military that is facing budget cutbacks, lousy pay, equipment shortages, an uncaring government and public, and dangerous missions.

References ^ Read more (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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Army General: British Defence Cuts …

Photo: GEN Raymond T. Odierno, as the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, 2011.

Wikipedia 1 US Fears Over Cuts In British Defence — The Telegraph Defence cuts will leave the British Army dependent on its US counterparts, a senior American commander has warned. General Ray Odierno revealed that he has repeatedly raised concerns with British defence chiefs that Britain s shrinking forces will be unable to work alongside the Americans. Gen Odierno s comments come as ministers fight over a fresh round of spending reductions that could force another round of defence cuts.

The British Army is losing 20,000 regular posts, shrinking to 82,000 soldiers by 2015. Armoured units, including the Desert Rats, are losing their tanks. Gen Odierno said that such cuts are already jeopardising US-UK joint operations, and leaving the British reliant on American forces.

As the British Army continues to reduce in size we ve had several conversations about keeping them integrated in what we re trying to do, he said. Read more 2 …. My Comment : If present trends continue ….

joint U.S. – U.K.

operations will be a thing of the past.

Update: Army Chief Outlines Worries About Allies, Terrorism, Budgets 3 — Defense News References ^ Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Read more (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ Army Chief Outlines Worries About Allies, Terrorism, Budgets (www.defensenews.com)

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