There are a growing number of private military companies operating around the world now doing the job that the Legion has always done (take military action without public opinion being affected by numbers of casualties) many soldiers, noteably from special forces units, are being tempted to go private and earn a lot more money. Now that companies like Blackwater and Aegis offer the adventure and combat situations people have always joined the Legion in search of, how much will it affect recruitment of new legionnaires?
The ministry of Defence in the UK are raising the pay of special forces by 40%. Maybe legionnaires will see a pay rise to stay as attractive to high calibre soldiers?
Also in the news, 244,000 polish immigrants have moved to the UK since Poland joined the EU and another 300,000 are expected to come when Bulgaria and Romania join. Will the ability of new EU members citizens to move to other parts of the EU to work damage the influx of recruits? I believe there are strong Romanian and Polish contingents already.