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The first Nepali Girl in British Gurkha

To be the first Nepali female to join British Army is a matter of honor. The post for which Gurkha men compete, breaking the trend and competing as a Gurkha girl with the boys is commendable. Some Nepali girls have definitely proved themselves in the British Army. But who actually is the first Nepali female to join British Army?

Rita Rana was supposedly regarded as the first Nepali girl in the British Armed Force. Being selected in the formal recruitment of female soldiers in 2010, Private Rita Rana was successful to be a part of British Army. But she was probably not the first one to join British Armed Force. In fact, a brave Gurkha girl named Pabin Rai was able to secure the title of first Gurkha girl in British Army in the year 2004 that was six years before Rita Rana joined the armed force. The official recruitment of Nepali female soldiers began from the year 2009 only. But, however, Pabin Rai was able to join prior the prescribed period. With the help of her British Overseas National Passport privileges, the daughter of ex-British soldier was able to be a part of 2 PARA Regiment of the British Army.

Rita Rana and Pabin Rai - The Gurkha Girls
The resident of Dharan always dreamt to be like her father and had a desire to be a part of British Army. The enthusiastic and passionate Pabin had gone to the UK for her further studies. In 2004, when she identified that she was able to apply for the army through the British Overseas National Passport privileges, she grabbed the opportunity to follow the footsteps of her father. She was in the seventh sky when she was selected in 2 PARA Regiment of British Army. When told her parents in Dharan, they denied believing their daughter. It was only when they saw the approval letter and certificates; they believed that their daughter had actually made it to the British Armed Force.

Pabin Rai believed that girls were no less capable than the boys which motivated her to be a part of British Armed Force. Her effort and determination was worth appreciation. Knowing the fact that joining the army was risky and life-threatening, she did not back off. In fact, she faced it. She was sent to Afghanistan during war. When many of her counterparts could not survive, she however made it. During her tour of duty, the troop that she was in was attacked by the Taliban. Her two close friends lost their lives in the attack. However, the brave Gurkha girl fought and survived. She proved that Gurkha girls were as brave as the Gurkha boys.

The brave Pabin Rai feels proud to be working alongside with the men find more. In fact being a Gurkha woman, she gets more privileges and facilities than the Gurkha men. She earns £2,500 monthly that is comparatively more than what the Gurkha men earn. The courageous woman breaking all the barriers has proved herself in the British Army. The fearless Gurkha woman is currently the Lance Corporal in the First Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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