|I was watching the Military Channel last night (most biased channel ever) and there was a documentary on the french foreign legion.
I heard a tremendous amount of BS, the biggest one being ALL LEGIONAIRES ARE FOREIGN.
I also read the same BS in posts on SP.
I looked up some numbers and found this.
Soldiers, in 2007:
- 24% french
- 18% from eastern europe and balkans
- 15% other western world countries (US, UK, germany, etc)
- 14% from the the Slav world (russia, something-istan countries)
- 9% Latin America
- 9% Asia
- 7% Africa
- 4% Arab world (i know it's not very precise)
NCO: you can become NCO only if you re-enlist and it's not granted. 1 outta 4 legionnaires become a NCO when they enlist. I could not find numbers on their ethnic origins.
Officers: 90% of them are from Saint Cyr, 10% are former NCO's meaning about 90% of them are french and around 10% are naturalized french. You have to be a french citizen to be an officer in the FFL.
10% of Legion Officers started as simple Legionnaires meaning they have been in the legion for at least 15 years (!!!).
- your criminal background will be checked, a criminal will not be allowed to enlist
- 140 nationalities in 2007, you may apply for french citizen ship after 3 years if you enlisted with your real name.
- you can join between the age of 17 and 40, 5 years enlisment contract
- the legion today is 413 officers, 1741 NCO's and 5545 legionnaires divided in 11 regimental formations