posted on Apr, 17 2004 @ 08:36 PM
A friend of mine joined the legion, but he's out now. He did his time and would never do it again. He was an ex-Army infantry guy and thought they
were elite. Like Rangers or Green Berets. But they are basically a bunch of grunts, VERY demanding physically. He was in good shape, and it was hard
for him. He was airborne, the RLE, I think they call it. Kind of selective for the FFL. They made him a commo guy, although I forgot whether he chose
his job or they chose it for him. I think they chose it for him. He said the worst part is how anal they are, and how many menial jobs you have to do.
Anal in regards to their uniform. They are big on ceremony, tradition, and pomp and circumstance. A certain number of creases in your shirt, and you
had to do it yourself. You couldn't 'send out' your uniform. And the hours of 'KP' and 'poliice call' (trash pick-up for you non-military
types). Just hours and hours of mindnumbingly asinine details. And as for the criminal aspect, now they do background checks. So murders and such
need not apply. They actually don't need that many people anymore, so they are a lot more selective. He said it was really hard to advance in rank,
and the higher posistions were reserved for real French people. You can change your name and become a French citizen, but the benefits were so lousy,
no one ever did it. They teach you the French language, but you learn it mostly while your D.I. is yelling at you, trying to describe how to work a
stick-shift in French, for example. He told many many funny anecdotes, I'm just tryiing to remember the ones that shattered my misperceived notions.
And no matter what you do. Never, never, touch their kepi (that funny hat).
EDIT: I just remebered something else. Everyone thinks about going AWOL, but you literally have nothing but your uniform, and the French police are
always on the look-out for you, around the Legionare bases. And if they catch you, oh jeez! They have a harsh UCMJ. But if you actually get away, you
are pretty much home free. The FFL really don't chase after you.
[Edited on 17-4-2004 by curme]