Thanks mainly to the "fine work" done by the Daily Express in highlighting the "plight" of the Gurkhas the MOD has started a full review on all Gurkha Terms and Conditions of Service (GTACOS). One of the first changes to be implemented is that of leave and it comes in two seperate parts: Annual Leave Entitlement Currently Gurkhas receive 20 days annual leave + 8 days public holiday + Up to 12 days Religious and Nepali Holidays. From the 1 Apr 06 Gurkhas leave will be brought in line with UK entitlement 30 days annual leave + 8 days public holidays Nepal Long Leave(NLL) Currently Gurkha Soldiers are entitled to take Long Leave (up to six months) at public expense back in Nepal this is called Nepal Long Leave. Nepal long leave will be phased out this year. No further NLL will be granted from the 1 Jan 07. Soldiers have the option in the interim to take it or not. In its place will be something similar to that currently offered to Commonwealth Soldiers which allows leave every 5 years at public expense to Nepal. Any comments?