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Subject: Why nor recruit more Gurhkas?
Duubz    7/21/2007 10:42:32 AM
I've just been watching a program in which they were recruiting Gurkhas from Nepal. The thing that surprised me is that out of 24 thousand people from Nepal that applied to enter the Gurkhas that year only around 300 were recruited. In current times when the British forces are stretched to the absolute limit surely it would make sense to recruit many more? Does anyone know why this does no happen?
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flamingknives       7/21/2007 1:27:11 PM
Limited number of spaces? It might be that there is some kind of political or historical restriction on the number of Gurkhas that can serve in the British Army.
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the British Lion       7/21/2007 4:58:07 PM
The more we recruit, the more we have to pay. Pretty sure it's that simple.
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perfectgeneral       7/21/2007 6:10:15 PM
The head of the Army is reported to have said that we have run out off soldiers for all the tasks asked of them. I think that we need to find money for the extra or the UK will be fighting with one arm behind it's back.
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Padfoot       7/21/2007 9:43:28 PM
Won't all the troops in Northern Ireland be freed up soon? How many there anyways?
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Padfoot    Did a Google   7/21/2007 10:07:27 PM

Won't all the troops in Northern Ireland be freed up soon? How many there anyways?

There 8500 troops in NI, they leave at the end of July.
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Ehran       7/25/2007 1:12:39 PM
increasing the number of ghurkas in british service would probably be a good idea.  that would however involve overturning tradition which isn't easily done.
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spsun10000       8/4/2007 7:44:13 AM
I'd go for that in a hearbeat. They are a far better alternative than the army lowering its standards so that Mr and Mrs Chav can quaklify.
We should treat them properly though with entitlement to UK cistizenship and pensions at the end of their service.
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longrifle       8/6/2007 10:56:19 PM
IIRC there used to be alot more than two battalions, so there is a precedent for a larger Gurkha force.

Too bad William or Harry didn't go for the Royal Gurkha Rifles instead of Blues and Royals.  That would have given the regiment some pull the next time cutbacks are mentioned. 

Kids these days.    They'd rather ride around in a little tank when they could have served with an more exotic force and had a cool looking knife.     What's not to like?  

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Ehran       8/7/2007 8:18:00 PM
the ghurkas have been agitating for their own officers for a long time now and the british gov't is it seems going along with it.
i don't know how long it will take to convert to where the ghurkas are led by their own instead of british officers.
but damn it would have been interesting to see one or both of the lads with a ghurka in permanent attendance.

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