I am the author of NEVER TOO OLD and I have been reading all of your comments about what you think the Legion is like and who can join ect. Most of it wrong I must say.
If you look at my front page ( www.troon-promotions.com/ntd.htm ) you will see a section on FAQ about joining the Legion.
The aim of tell my story is to try and dispell the myths and show what its all about. You don't have to be a super fit, been there done it, know it all, ex military super hero. In fact if you claim to be you probably won't make it.
The training is not in Africa, there is no such thing as a Special Forces Unit ( there is a small specialized section in the REP that is up there with the best), and hard men and bullies don't last five minutes and you don't have to speak French (It does no harm to do so). Anyone can pass through the ranks and become an officer, although some are from St. Cyr military college ( The French Sandhurst), but only a French Officer can command a regiment.
I am enjoying all the back chat but in the end, if you want to have a go, then just do it. Not in six months, next year or what ever excuse you can think up to put it off. Just do it. If you are not a get up and go person then the Legion is not for you.
Keep chating guys.
Alex (The Old One)
Nice to hear from you Alex L. I'll give your book a check out too. Could you answer me a question. My parents are friendly with a few French ex military in France. Most are from the Para's. Did you operate often with non Legion companies and battalions?
The French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment are part of the French regular army parachute division called the 11eme D.P. (11th Parachute Division)
The 2eme REP (2nd Regiment of Foreign Parachutists) are the only Legion Para Regiment and do combined exercises with the Regular Army.
You will find all this info and more, in detail in my online book.
Read a fair few pages of the book, excellent read so far Alex
I have a mate who Joined up a number of years back and did two 5 year stints, no military background at all, haven't seen him in a long time tho. One mate did meet him in Dublin city centre one night in a bar and he didn't want to know the guy, previously they had been very good friends, I thought it was weird when I heard it. He served in Kosovo during the balkans conflict a number of years back. As far as I know he's back living in Dub now, I dont see or hear from him at all.
Hi Alex and welcome to Boards,I have to say I am really enjoying your book its a great read and well put together.Did you come across many Irish lads in the Legion...?
Hi Alex. Just one or two (or six) questions:
Is it true that only non-French people can join the French Foreign Legion?
Is it true that during the training, and untill you complete your 5 year stint, they hold onto your passport, unless you quit ("ring the bell"?)?
[strike]Do you need 20/20 vision when joining?[/strike]
Does your hearing have to be perfect when joining?
[strike]Whats the max age a recruit can be when joining?[/strike]
Being reading the chapters, and it does sound intresting. Maybe something that I'd do when I hit 35, if I'm able to pass the hearing test.
Hi the syco,
Go back to the front page and click on FAQ. You will get all your answers there. For the others who asked about the Irish, there are quite a few in the REP from all sides of the fence and they all get on with each other. Old prejudices, religious differences and all of the other crap that goes on, doesn't have a place in a multi national, multi-ethnic organisation like the Legion. That what makes them acceptable as peace makers when other well intentioned forces find it hard to break down barriers.
Anyway, keep reading and posting.
Fascinating reading Alex! I'm hooked....
im new to this but it does seem like u know you stuff so i was wondering if you could help me. My brother has recently joined up about two months ago, and there is lots of contraversy of whether or not a name change is obligatory. Do you think you could tell me what happens?
The name change is not obligatory. You can choose to change your identity if you wish.
If you do change your identity, you can then choose to keep your new identity or have your old one back after your service is over.
According to the French Embassy in the US, the first contract is for five years.
Hah, you have to love the French. Reading the FAQ of the legion. I noticed these nuggets.
:rolleyes:Brilliant. Francaise? Non, Je suis Belgique!
Greater rigour? I'll bet. The French version of the site is even more subtle, merely hinting certain constraints due to it's glorious history
I like that bit not be wanted by the police of that country
I can see how that would be a problem. LOL
Interesting, but I would never have joined the legion, although I know a couple from my old FCA unit who did.
did you ever hear from them again?
No, but the same could be said of most of my old company particularly my recruit platoon. 'They vanished into the mists of time'.
I do know what happened to a lot of them though. A least two became Gardai, two got cadetships, one became an Air Corps pilot flying the government jet. The other was the leader of the 2nd Cavalry Presidential Motorcycle Escort. Several joined the regular army, at least five that I know of. One, a good friend enlisted in the Air Corps, he went to the Leb a few times and later tried the ARW. Later again he became a helicopter pilot flying Coastguard S61's and is now somewhere in the Middle East flying to oil rigs. One became an Aer Lingus pilot and is now a Captain. One or two became security guards.
At least two joined the British army. One was a para and later went to Sandhurst and was commissioned. Knowing him, I would guess he later ended up in the SAS or at least tried to join. And of course there were the two lads who went to the legion.
What was very interesting is that most of them ended up in a uniform of one sort or other. That can't be a coincidence. It also gives lie to the sneering comments of some PDF about the FCA being a bunch of sandbags. My old platoon were some of the best people you could ever serve with. Their subsequent careers prove that.