Fair Specimens of Citizen Soldiers
Ronaldus Secundus sent this in, as the “feel-good story of the week.”
I can’t disagree.
You will also find them retired and wearing slightly different uniforms as contractors guarding many sites through Afghanistan. Respected by our forces, feared by the enemy.
When I was in Iraq, there was a retired Gurka equivalent of a Sergeant Major who was in charge of the Guards for the SCIF and COIC–he ran absolutely the tightest ship I have ever seen and everything was done according to rules. On top of that he was outstanding soldier as I watched him supervise his guards one day in the care and maintenance of their AK47s.
For the twentieth time (at least) I strongly recommend anyone who has an interest in the Gurkhas to read John Masters' great book "Bugles and a Tiger."