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Gurkha Reserves for stronger Armed Forces – Jenny Willott MP

June 11, 2013 2:54 PM

Make it happen

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has joined the campaign to open up the Reserves to retired Gurkhas.

The MoD plans to integrate 30,000 fully-trained Reserves into the Regular Army by 2020, but at present the well-respected Gurkhas, as Nepalese citizens, do not have a Reserve liability, unlike other soldiers.

Alongside former Defence Minister Nick Harvey, Jenny Willott is calling on the Ministry of Defence to retain the Gurkhas' unique skills by putting them into the Regular Reserve in recognition of their service.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"The Reserves are in need of a real culture shift and recruitment drive if we are to successfully incorporate them into the future shape of the Army. Gurkhas are one of the most well-respected and revered parts of our Army, yet, for no particular reason, we don't routinely recruit them into the Reserves.

"How better to build on the Gurkhas' legacy in the Army than extending the same Reserve Liability as other soldiers receive, and offering them the possibility of a second Army career as a Reservist?

"We've got to strengthen our Reserves if the Army is to meet future security challenges. Gurkhas already contribute so much in their service to our country - the MoD should go further to retain their unique skills."