The guy I work with is ex Gurkha Transport Regiment/Gurkha Logistic Squadron* and said that as a recruit he had to do the full infantry course alongside those going to the infantry battalions, as did the QGE and Sigs, before going onto trade training. I believe this is still the case. Nice bloke and very good worker.There were stories of the hierarchical system being used by the more senior soldiers to gain material advantages on a regular basis. That’s a bit of a Nepalese cultural thing I suspect.
In terms of actual soldiering at the sharp end, their reputation is a good one without any doubt. I’ve never worked with them though. They were exempt from NI service for a number of reasons which in those days was the busy part of the job for the army apart from BAOR etc.
Initial training for infantry soldiers covers fieldcraft at depot before you get to your battalion but like anything, practice makes perfect and you will keep improving on those skills after you reach your battalion. I would imagine that a young Nepalese guy coming from a relatively remote area of Nepal where educational opportunities are scarce will often need a bit more attention paid to him to get his skills up to a reasonable standard.
That might be why some of them come across as not quite up to it. They just need a bit more experience. Something that isn’t necessarily a concern related exclusively to Nepalese recruits. As a boy soldier, I’ve come across some right numpties when field training in North Wales and places like that.
None of that detracts from the battle honours and the bravery awards that many Gurkha‘s have won while fighting for the UK around the world though.
*I typed Burkha Transport Regiment which would look something like this:
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Yes, I know, not a proper letterbox but she purty.