To become a member of the famous French Foreign Legion, and to became legionnaire, the first thing is the motive or the will to what awaits you when you come there. All you need to know for enlisting in French Foreign Legion is available in this article. You can only log on French territory. Immediately upon arrival, you will be provided with suitable clothing, sleep and everything you need to test and verify whether you are the general and special conditions for access to the French Foreign Legion training.
The pre-selection is usually done in the recruiting offices across France while the main part of the selection process is carried out in the town of Aubagne near Marseille. That is the place where potential candidates for the French Foreign Legion undergo various psychological and physical tests, medical testing, and sports tests (Luc-Leger “navette”). If you are fit enough to complete all tests and French Foreign Legion accepts your nomination, the first contract you will sign will be on period for at least five years, while each subsequent conclusion of your choice for a period of six months to five years.
There is also an option for a contract of six months during training (for those under 18 years, the consent of both parents and the form can be found at the French embassy in Gendarmeries or outside France).
Some of the basic requirements in addition to those listed above and include the following three:
- You must have valid ID (identification documents) – Passport or National Identity card and all other documents you might need
- regardless of your marital status (single, married, divorced …) will be logged as a single
- must be physically and mentally able to serve at various locations at all times
|The French Foreign Legion Information Center||1 day|
|Opening the files on the application|
|The Foreign Legion recruiting center (Paris Aubagne)|
|Confirmation of motivation||Basic medical examination||Finalizing the paper application|
|Signing of the contract (5 years)|
|Selection||1 to 10 days|
|The center for the recruitment and selection of the French Foreign Legion in Aubagne, Marseille|
|Psychometrical testing: logical tests, no special knowledge needed|
|Medical Examination||Sports Tests||Motivational and security interviews|
|Personality test (related to psycho tests)|
|Signature and download the contract of service (5 years).||7 days|
Instructional program legion
|PHASE||Basic training regiment 4tom foreign legion stranger||Duration|
|Introductory training.Introduction to military life. Outdoor and field activities.Brotherhood. In the tradition of the Foreign Legion.||4 weeks|
|March “Képi Blanc” and promotions.||1 week|
|Technical and practical training (field training)||3 weeks|
|Mountaineering training (Chalet at Formiguière in the French Pyrenees)||1 week|
|Technical and practical training (field training)||2 weeks|
|And obtaining elemental tests: technical certificate (CTE)||1 week|
|March, which marks the end of basic training||1 week|
|School management light trucks||1 week|
|Return to Aubagne before schedule the regiment||1 week|
|Answering to one of the 11 regiments legion|
If you are the one, who decided to enlist in French Foreign Legion, we wish you good luck and a great time. It will change your life, for sure.
3 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about the French Foreign Legion
The French Foreign Legion (French: Légion étrangère) (FFL; French: Légion étrangère is a military service branch of the French Army established in 1831. The Legion is unique in that it was, and continues to be, open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. However, when it was founded, the French Foreign Legion was not unique; other foreign formations existed at the time in France. Here are 3 surprising facts you probably never heard about.
Legionnaires who are wounded are granted automatic French citizenship
Though troops serving the Legion hail from 138 different countries, they can become French citizens eventually. After serving at least three years honorably, they can apply to be citizens.
But they also have a much quicker path: If they are wounded on the battlefield, they can become citizens through a provision called “Français par le sang versé” (“French by spilled blood”), according to The Telegraph.
The French government allowed this automatic citizenship provision in 1999.
The pay is terrible, and so are the benefits
Legion recruiters could easily steal the infamous U.S. Marine Corps recruiting poster with the slogan, “We don’t promise you a rose garden.” The pay is terrible, as are the benefits, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Despite the promise of a very rough life and the possibility of being sent to fight anywhere, thousands continue to show up each year.
Legionnaires can expect deployments to austere environments and/or see plenty of combat. The Legion is currently in Afghanistan and Mali, for example.
Their starting pay is roughly $1450 per month for at least the first couple of years in. That’s a pretty small paycheck compared to the lowest-ranking U.S. Army soldier making $1546, which is guaranteed to go up to $1733 after being automatically promoted six months later (if they don’t get in trouble of course).
There is at least one bonus to the Legion if you fancy yourself a drinker: There’s plenty of booze. Even in a combat zone, legionnaires are drinking in their off time, and their culture of heavy drinking would make any frat-boy blush.
More than 35,000 foreigners have been killed in action while serving with the Legion
Throughout its history, the French Foreign Legion — and the fighters who make up its ranks — were seen as expendable. The foreigners who continue to join do so accepting the possibility of their death in a far-off place, in exchange for a new life with some sense of purpose. But meaningless sacrifice has gradually become a virtue in itself, according to a Vanity Fair article about the Legion.
“It’s like this,” an old legionnaire told William Langeweische of Vanity Fair. “There is no point in trying to understand. Time is unimportant. We are dust from the stars. We are nothing at all. Whether you die at age 15 or 79, in a thousand years there is no significance to it. So f-k off with your worries about war.”
Can you really get a new identity if you join the French Foreign Legion?
Since its founding in 1831, the Legion has become the one place of escape for those with haunted pasts. Men with criminal records, shady business dealings, or deserters from their home country’s armies were accepted into the ranks, with no questions asked. Stripped of their old identity and given a new one, the new legionnaires are able to begin their new life with the slate wiped clean.
The French Foreign Legion is willing to let you join up under an assumed name. However, first you’ll have to tell them who you really are, and French police/intelligence services will do a check. If you’re wanted for something relatively minor, or let’s say running away from debts, they may overlook that and let you start a brand new life, with the possibility of acquiring French citizenship at the end of your service. But if they find that you’re wanted for murder, you can expect to be arrested and extradited.
The new name is just for administrative purposes and to give the legion plausible deniability if anyone comes asking about you.
Even if you take a new name (and the policy on requiring or not requiring a new name changes every couple years), you must be rectified so that you take back your real name (with a certified birth certificate from your home country with your real name) so that you can get credit for your courses and deployments and so on.
I have heard that you can’t deploy until you get rectified, OR that you won’t get credit for retirement for any deployments until you are rectified (someone serving can clear that one up). So, if you stay for a career it is essential to go back to your old identity. Some guys stay under an assumed name for years due to hiding from the law but those are rare cases and eventually, you need to go back to your old name if you want to go on deployments or stay until retirement.
The French Foreign Legion will still accept deserters and other minor miscreants, but it’s not as easy as it once was. New recruits are given a battery of physical, intellectual, and psychological tests before they even get any kind of training. Later on in the process, recruits are screened for “motivation” in order to weed out those who don’t have the drive to make it in the ranks.