Job description Scare the bejesus out of your enemies. The original Gurkha regiment was established in 1815 by the British, after they’d declared war on Nepal but couldn’t defeat a band of fierce holdouts in Gorkha. Lesson: If you can’t beat ’em, recruit ’em. The Nepalese soldiers quickly developed a reputation for unmatched bravery and ruthlessness, fighting by the motto “Better to die than be a coward” while wielding an 18-inch curved blade, called a kukri, that “once drawn must taste blood.” During the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857, a mere rumor that the Gurkhas had joined the revolution in the Indian town of Simla sent enemy soldiers fleeing. In September of last year, a single Gurkha on leave in India took on a band of 40 train robbers—and won.
+ Half-mile run in 2:45 or less and a 1.5-mile run in less than 9:40
+ 12 pull-ups (palms-toward-you grasp)
+ As many sit-ups as you can do in 2 minutes (70 minimum)
+ Hike a 3-mile course gaining 1,500 feet, while carrying 55 pounds of stone in a doko (a woven basket with a strap, or tump line, that rests on the forehead) in 48 minutes or less.