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Subject: Joining the Foreign Legion
Rebanonjin    2/6/2004 2:54:10 AM
Hello. I am joining the French Foreign Legion this year and I was wondering if any of you could give me any advice on what to expect. If after five years contract passed and I haven't had any combat experience I may stay in the Legion (if I get in) or sign in the Marines (with the hope of making it to the 1er RPIMa) Has anyone here been in the Legion or the French Marines
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Thomas    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/13/2004 2:27:18 AM
Well the Foreing Legion post is a choice posting for officers. The legionaires are know to be of below average intelligence and above average training.
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trib    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/18/2004 5:38:02 AM
I've seen some friends who were in the legion, if you can do it, you can do a lot, but on another point i've seen some of them coming back in very very bad shape (mentally distress, nervous breakdown etc...) especially those who serve in guyana in the protection of Kourou. on another point legion people will never let their own down and are going bersek if one of them is hit or shot down. expect a very very hard training.
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Rebanonjin    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/18/2004 10:58:52 PM
Why? What happens at Kourou? Is it the Jungle training or are there people attacking legionnaires. Do you know how many Commando stages exist and in what are they diferent from each other
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trib    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/19/2004 5:54:34 AM
mainly from jungle training but the fight happens sometimes with some paramilitary groups. as for the number of commandos training and their position i don't know a lot except the kourou'sone, i think the main other one is located in tchad.
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Rebanonjin    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/19/2004 10:21:01 AM
Paramilitary groups? What is going on in Guyane exactly?
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ChdNorm    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/19/2004 3:52:14 PM
This probably isnt the time or place to ask this ....... but why the hell would anyone want to sign up in the French Foriegn Legion? If youre going to serve ... why not serve your own country?
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Rebanonjin    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion   2/19/2004 7:08:32 PM
I was born in Mexico. However, I am not bloodtied to this country. I am a descendant of Lebanese-Spaniard families. According to friends who have done service here, this military is all jail type brutality and no soldiering (might as well spend some time in jail). I don't really feel like I have a home country so serving in the military because of patriotism is out of the question. In the Legion after serving 5 or so years you get a shot for french citizenship which offers me better opportunities to make a good life (at least a better one than in Mexico)and I have people I know there who said they could help me out. I could try the U.S. but it takes some 10 years to get a Legal Resident card (only God knows how much to get citizenship) and at a time like this I don't think my middleeastern background helps much (regardless of what they say). Since I really want to do some military service, it's either Mexico(Jail service) or France. At least in the Legion I will get something better than jail training. Sorry for going off topic
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joe6pack    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion - ChdNorm   2/19/2004 7:19:36 PM
Aside from Rebanonjin's reasons.. I remember reading an article not too many years back about people joining the Foreign Legion.. There were a number of things that surprised me at the time, but after thinking about it.. it made sense. One example was Japan (their consititution makes it nearly impossible for their military to see action) So Japanese men, who wanted to have a go a warfare were left looking at the Foreign Legion.. I'd imagine the Legion probably draws some interesting numbers from "pacifistic" nations.
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trib    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion - ChdNorm   2/20/2004 12:50:08 AM
true that the legion attract a lot of people from everywhere, especially from "pacifistic" nation or people from poor country as they can get french citizenship after their service. on another point the legion attract a lot of french people (it seems to me that this info is no known by some people here.) as for your question rebanonjin about what happen at kourou, the info i did get was that if you do not have a very strong will, you can be broke easily in the first month, but once you adapted to the legion, it's ok. you'll live by and for the legion, all your comrades are your friends, and family.
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trib    RE:Joining the Foreign Legion - french learning session   2/20/2004 12:53:17 AM
also i remember seeing some documentary some years ago about the french course every legionnaire take when they enter, it was somewhat funny, they were teaching some really interresting stuff... the instructor was showing japanese people a can of beer and said: "Ceci est une cannette de bière" (this is a can of beer) and he made them say that for almost 30 mins :)
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