The Gurkha Reserve Unit, Brunei.

Brunei Gurkha Reserve Unit


The Gurkha Reserve Unit (GRU),  (Malay: Unit Simpanan Gurkha) is a special guard and elite shock-troop force in the Sultanate of Brunei. The Brunei Reserve Unit employs about 500 Gurkhas. The majority are veterans of the British Army and the Singaporean Police, who have joined the GRU as a second career.


It was formed in 1974 and unit members are all British Army veterans. The unit functions primarily as a praetorian guard that protects the sultan, the Royal Family, and major/important oil installations. They also work as a special forces directly under the command of the Sultan as well as alongside Special Forces Regiment and Special Combat Squadron of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.


It is subordinate to the Security and Defence Section of the Brunei Ministry of Home Affairs.