Life in the French Foreign Legion

King Louis-Philippe established French Foreign Legion on 10.03.1831. in support of the war in Algeria.”Whatever your origins, nationality and religion, whatever had a vocation, social or business status, married or free, the French Foreign Legion offers you a chance to start a new life,” it is well known motto of this formation.

Today FFL has about 8000 soldiers

Legion now has about 8000 people, divided into 11 regiments. By decree, legionnaires were initially only allowed to fight outside Europe and were thus sent to its first military mission in Algeria, against Berber tribes. At 1863rd King of France, Napoleon III. decided to establish its authority in Mexico so he sent a force to support the core of which is formed Legion. Due to the outbreak of the popular revolution led by Benito Juarez in complete hostile environment, through many battles, Legion emphasize great courage. And now celebrated captain Danjona (disabled without left forearm), two lieutenant and 62 legionnaires who are delinquent in Mexican ambush, almost all day resisting attacks of 2000 opponents. When they run out of ammunition, food and water, the last five of the survivors went on an onslaught bayonets, two were instantly killed, and three recent spared by Mexican colonel Combase because of demonstrated courage.

Annual hundred legionnaires flee from FFL

Today the Legion can log every man aged between 18 and 40 years. Examines the physical and psychological health, joining the legion motives, beliefs, politics and history, as Legion is no longer safe shelter criminals. Sign a contract, and after three years of service may be requested French citizenship. After 15 years one has the right to a pension, with the more difficult missions internship accelerated. Salary ordinary legionnaire’s 975, and Corporal 1372 euros.Annual leave is 15 days, in the fifth year of service 45 days, but not allowed to leave France. Annually from the Legion desert hundred legionnaires.

Go to Chad, Djibouti, Ivory Coast …

Most members of the Legion was sent to Chad, Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, the French territory of New Caledonia, French Guiana, and others, but the legionnaires have also served in the former Yugoslavia. Today they are involved in many UN peacekeeping missions in the world.

Daily morning exercise begins a series of one hundred push-ups, and the first phase of training ends with a forced night march of 25 km by exceptionally rough terrain, which must be done within three hours, and with a load of – 50 pounds.