Actual or Ex Legionnaire
If that is indeed the case, I can say I had no intent to steal his thread and I offer my apologies to him. I actually feel as if I am adding to it. See, my reality, the reality that is a â€œcathartic process of purgingâ€ as Chas puts it, is the reality that leads me, and only me, to the Legion. What leads the next 10 guys will be 10 different stories. There is no universal reality that leads one to the Legion. The Legion is surrounded in myth and legend and the â€˜don't join, don't goâ€™ concept is largely based on ignorance. For the guys that come out of the Legion saying it is a waste of time there are many who were saved by the Legion. For me, in my cushy American abode, the Legion is extending a hand and giving me a chance where others are turning their back. That is a reality for me, all of what I said is my reality, and many will, rightly, disagree because - again - my reality ain't universal. All I did was express my reality. I don't feel as if I stole his thread.
You say that what you're going to try to do is probably harder than “taking a bullet for your kids.” I'll call bullshit on that one. Walking away from anything (especially something that even the experts say was very hard!) is very easy to do.
Also, potential candidates with a family (wife and/or kids) are considered risks whatever the candidate says that he thinks about his family. That's normal and logical. The guy with a family has potentially a problem that the guy without the family has not, you can't change that.
So, the Legion are going to save you by giving you a second chance at life? What happens if they don't want you?