Earned my Képi and the title of. After some months of “regimental traning”, je suis parti civil.
The final Capitaine I spoke with told after 2 years time, I can always come back to the Legion. I have no desire to do so. I met some super cool people from all over the world, and got to chase my dream. Unfortunately, the actuality of the Legion, in my eyes, left me extremely disappointed with the entire experience.
When you're told only 1 in 10 get accepted, and you're pulling 26 pull-ups after képi blanc march, and you have Romanian and Nepalese pulling 5 with extreme kips the entire way, and your instructors struggle to get 7 cause they just chain smoke. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you've dreamt of it for so long.
I'll post more and answer any questions when I get to my computer. It's challenging on a phone.
For those wondering, it literally takes 26 days of actual â€œtrainingâ€ to earn your Kepi.
Once you hit Castelnaudry, be prepared to be sucked dry by mostiques.
After a week, or two (depending if your section is big enough or waiting for reinforcement), you will head to La Ferme.
This place is beautiful. Truly is.
Hills, forests, villages, bunnies, you name it.
I highly suggest you stare up at the sky during guard duty. I swear itâ€™s closer to the stars than anywhere else. Not even Afghanistan was this vibrant. Specifically, around 2-3 in the morning if you get that rotation.
The training done here is pretty half baked. Our instructors in 3Ã¨me Co. weâ€™re only able to do 7 pull ups maximum. So ... guess what ... monkey see, monkey do. Donâ€™t do what I did and do more than they ask. They really donâ€™t like that.
Unless you want to run around your sleeping quarters a few times.
If like me, you find itâ€™s way too easy, (because it really is) bitch about how light your packs are. Also tell them that the humping speed is way too slow.
The runs are not any harder. They are long, but only because itâ€™s so damn slow.
I had 26 pull ups. (#1. The best. Super comrade) according to our Sergent Chef
13.7 Lec Luger
10m underwater pass
Cord was pass both times. I canâ€™t remember the time but I do remember it was around 13 more or less seconds.
If like me, you went knowing ZERO French. Do not worry. You will pick it up with time.
Hang around the Francophones and ask questions about words in French. Just be wary, you may get headaches from all the smoking.
The beautiful Famas. Oh how Iâ€™ve dreamt of you so.
LOL. This thing over heats in Rafa like a cool kid with too many layers in the summer.
Awkward to hold as it is squared edges compared to our M16A4â€™s.
Needless to say, they will be doing a great service changing to the HK 416â€™s.
If after all this, you earn your Kepi Blanc. In the utter hopes that it will get more disciplined and more professional. Start talking to the Corporals and Corporal Chefs. Find some with 12+ years in Legion.
Ask them questions about Legion. Lol.
Then you start regiment training. Donâ€™t expect much more than youâ€™ve already done.
Cause it doesnâ€™t exist other than 1 or 2 times.
After months of hanging on every step of the way hoping it would be my vision, my dreams Iâ€™ve had for oh so long, I couldnâ€™t lie to myself anymore.
Remember, perception is reality. My perception of the Legion will not be the same as yours for many reasons.
I wanted 2 rep. They kept saying I was going to 2 rep. But ultimately I decided to leave. I did not want to do 5 years with the Legion.
So I leave with a bad taste in my mouth. You may not get this bad taste.
We started as 76 in 3Ã¨me. 1Ã¨re section.
When I decided to leave, we were down to 34. Out of all who left 6 were sent home for being weak, everyone else either missedmommy, didnâ€™t like the military lifestyle, or they said the Legion was shit.
We had 18 veterans. Portuguese marines, British Royal Marines, Brazilian paratroopers, Greek special forces, finish army, finish sniper, Romanian army, Maldivian army, morticians, South Africans, Nepalese, Ukraine, etc etc
Only two romanian army guys, the Finnish sniper, and one Brazilian army guy stayed out of the 18. Myself included.
The Romanians reasons were this, the Legion is shit compared to Romanian army but in Romanian army, they make 100â‚¬ / mos. so 1200â‚¬ / mos convinced them to stay.
The Brazilian was stripped of his uniform in Brazil and can no longer serve there. He found refuge in the Legion.
The Finnish sniper, after some years (I forget how many), you are not allowed to continue service inthe Finnish military from conscription so he found continued military service in the Legion.
We did our Kepi March in the Pyrenees at formegere. That was probably the most beautiful place Iâ€™ve ever been.
Everything is green af. Itâ€™s 9000ft elevated. Snow capped mountains. Clean af air. And the lakes down below. Wow.
Very fortunate to have done the March here.
Kepi March, for me, wasnâ€™t exactly easy. Wasnâ€™t super hard though.
It was a challenge in some points but mainly pretty smooth in term of challenge. Letâ€™s call it a smooth challenge with some gradually harder sections and very few distinctly harder parts. Some uphills sucked.
Basically, no one failed. Not even the tiny Nepalese. The instructors made sure they passed. And boy were some of them dying.
For a decent amount of others, it wasnâ€™t the hardest either.
But for some, they wanted to quit physically and mentally but instructors literally did not let them hahaha.
So most people left because they were not satisfied with the legion or army life?
Also how was selection? Pretty easy, no hassles in the "Gestapo"? Did the selection staff seem to have some preferences or biases towards or against any backgrounds, nationalities etc? How was the medical?