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UK to recruit more Gurkha soldiers

18 July 2018

New units containing more than 800 Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are to be formed by the British Army in 2019 as part of a drive to compensate for continuing poor recruitment and retention among its home-recruited units.

The largest unit to be formed is a 270-strong specialist infantry battalion, which will be assigned missions to advise and train allied and partner forces, a British Army spokesman confirmed to Jane’s on 16 July.

Company-sized units of engineers and communications and transport specialists are also to be formed as part of the uplift of the Brigade of Gurkhas, and will be based in the United Kingdom.

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