not so much that i'm not serious about the legion as it is that i'm already REALLY serious about guitar. i've been playing since i was 8 and my entire life has revolved around music as long as i can remember. it's basically all i've got going for me besides being insanely handsome and wonderful at everything (insert joke). You are partially correct, though. this is something i've been tossing around for more than a week or two, but not near as long as some other people, i'm sure. having no music in my life for 5 years would be traumatic for me. it would be like leaving a wife behind. im not sure, though.
pretty much, when you join the legion you are owned by the legion, therefore any needs you may have come far behind the needs of the legion. if you cant handle giving up EVERYTHING then dont even think of joining.
Joining the Legion is just that, a divorce from everything you knew before.I am leaving my house, family and a great job to try and accomplish a dream i have, i am doing willingly and without complaint.
If you cant handle being without a guitar, maybe the Legion is not the place for you. Think it over more...a lot more. If people who aren't truly committed to joining the Legion keep trying, it's just taking a possible spot from someone who is. I would say about 90% of people on this forum are committed, it looks like you are not.
So do i, but it wouldn't surprise me, really. but hey, man...i never said i was committed to the Legion. All i said was that i'm thinking about it and it's a very interesting thought. if i was THAT halfassed i wouldn't have ever bothered seeking out a place to communicate with people that were in the know.
The wife really is a reason for staying out of the Legion. It's a terrible combination.
But really, no guitars in the barracks at all? Or no guitar in at least a recreational area of any kind, you have got to be kidding me. It's almost like saying there's no football in the Legion. And I know for SURE there is football in the Legion.
Soldiering isn't always marching, not always cleaning weapons, not always shooting, not always screaming around in the rain. They do need to do things to pass time. No matter WHAT armed services you are in... unless you are Special Forces who need to constantly be in study of your area of specialty. People need to do something to pass some time. It's just the nature of such places. There has got to be a guitar, somewhere there has got to be a piano, somewhere there has got to be someone with a harmonica.
Chances are you are right, but there is another thing to factor in here. This whole topic is based on one of everyone's worst vices, materialism. When you join the Legion you have to give this up. The fact is that you don't own anything, because the Legion owns you. If you really want to be a legionnaire you have to be willing to give up everything, materialism can no longer be an issue.
No, playing a guitar isn't about materialism, it's a hobby, a kind of love. You just need a guitar in order to make the music.
In any Army you won't have much original stuff and if you do, you are in danger of having it stolen (though a guitar would be hard to hide and hard to sneak out in order to sell!) but come on.
Materialism is like hoping to get some kind of business going while at the Legion and making a quick buck. This is about a guy who likes to play a guitar. If you call that materialism, might as well call people who buy running shoes for running materialistic.
And giving up everything does have its limits. Everyone can make huge sacrifices but if any Army has any sense, it's going to have SOMETHING that people like to do. Football is one of them. You tell them to give up football and you'll have yourself a lovely little riot, nevermind a lecture on materialism and the need to give things up.
Unless things have really changed since my time, you should be able to play any instrument in your free time. As long it does not bother your mates.
We used to have a few guys with accordion, guitar and harmonica and after getting nicely saused in the foyer, play a bunch of war songs while the rest were singing. (not pretty to listen to)
Now now..Eagle eye..there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers =)
This guy is sincere in his questions and i cant see why this shouldnt be a valid thread. It's not like he asked whether it was ok to bring a pink toothbrush or if yellow was ok
In fact, I had nothing in my locker for 5 years that I couldn't replace at short notice. In NÃ®mes, the company put on sale some silver-coated ash trays as salvos. I bought a couple and took out of barracks for safe-keeping just in case.
Voltigeur mentioned singing outside of the formal requirement. In the Farm, and during one of the quieter evenings, one of the French wannabes sang some Piaf or like songs which brought a little glow to the bleakness. But it was all over by the morning when the machine ground on....
The 2eme Cie of the REP had a guy from Tahiti his name was Ramamison or something exotic. He was famous for enjoying his beer, getting drunk and doing Pacific tunes on a small guitar. One morning he does not turn up for first appel, at rassemblement he was strolled up behind the entire company and ignoring everyone went to his room, which overlooked the place d' armes of our company, the adjudant chef was screaming at someone to arrest him when from his open window we heard him plucking his six string and humming a tune, he was dragged out and in front of the entire company he said to the adjudant-chef:
"toi... tu dramatises" not sure if I spelt that right but it basically means
"stop fuckin over reacting"
Laugh? I pooed myself! Ten days jail for our South seas hero.
Well Beau mate its great to see your posts aren't affected, when in Djibouti, i done Arta-plage twice, once on my snipers course, and once with my section. We were up in the helicopter jumping into the sea, the one lad said hang on, Christ did he fly, they threw him out, 4 somersaults a double flip with a pike before he hit the water, i got to be fair i loved jumping out, i went snorkling and caught some type of eel, the adjudant slapped me saying i could of lost a finger, took the eel of me and had it for his tea, Arta was a bitch of a place, but i loved it, we were doing a distance swim, seen a fin, we must of broke the record trying to get back to shore quick, bloody dolphins
well beau mate its great to see your posts arnt affected, when in djbouti, i done arta plage 2 times, once on my snipers course, and once with my section, we was up in the helicopter jumping into the sea, the one lad said hang on, christ did he fly, they threw him out, 4 somersaults a double flip with a pike before he hit the water, i got to be fair i loved jumping out, i went snorkling and caught some type of eel, the adjudant slapped me saying i could of lost a finger, took the eel of me and had it for his tea, arta was a bitch of a place, but i loved it, we were doing a distance swim, seen a fin, we must of broke the record trying to get back to shore quick, bloody dolphins
Come on butty, I am a rubber dude innit! Feckin quack an all that! I did that helico jump as well once and forgot to cross my legs, speaking like Micheal Jackson for three days... OUCH! The fin thing in Arta is common, I saw one when harpooning fish I never knew humans can fly under water. Snakes and sharks...Sheep poos his pants
i don't have a wife, man....sorry. mix up. i said leaving my guitar would be LIKE leaving a wife. unless she was a real f.....g bitch, or something. but whatever. eagle eye, i'm sorry for disrespecting you with my unacceptable thread. this is an intolerable transgression. i won't let you down again.