``You want the robust hill boy but you also want soldiers who are more urban-savvy and technologically aware,`` he said. ``So the situation is now perfect for the British army.``
Will the sun ever set on this relic of the British Empire?
``That question has been asked again and again,`` said Maj. Rick Beven, commander of British Gurkhas Pokhara. ``After World War II, the partition of India, the handover of Hong Kong. But they`re still here. As long as there are operations and they do well, there will be a future for them in the British army.``