Legion - Tale Of Two Legionniares - an essay by
By Edward L. Bimberg on the Legion during WWII.
Page of the 13th Demi-Brigade, French Foreign Legion
Casablanca Affair, 1908-9.
Foreign Légion Amicale Online
The first contract is for
To enlist in the French Foreign Legion, all volunteers
must present themselves in any recruiting office in
France. Travel costs and the eventual obtention of
a visa are borne by the candidate and no help whatsoever
can be accorded by the French Foreign Legion.
If successful, after preliminary medical check-ups,
the candidate will be transferred to the selection
center of the Legion Headquarters in Aubagne (15 kms
from Marseille) where he will undergo medical, IQ
and physical fitness tests.
If the candidate is successful in passing the selection,
he will be asked to sign a five years unconditional
contract to serve wherever the French Foreign Legion
The unsuccessful candidate is immediately returned
to civilian life to rejoin his country of origin without
any financial aid.
The Initial Contract
For four months the young legionnaire will receive
a basic military instruction at the 4th Foreign Regiment
located in Castelnaudary after which, he will be posted
to a regiment, depending on his capabilities and the
needs of the French Foreign Legion.
Promotion through the ranks will depend upon his
physical capacities as well as his IQ, service record
and leadership abilities
An elite soldier, the legionnaire can specialize
in or improve his different skills in mortars, missiles
or as a diver sniper or paratrooper and can obtain
a qualification in one of these following branches
department: Secretarial, accounts,
radio or mechanic-exchange operator, telephonist
Light vehicle, HGV 1 and 2 or tracked vehicle
heavy equipment operator,
trades: bricklayer, plumber, electrician,
carpenter, painter, etc...,
mechanic, car electrician, welder, car painter,
musician, medical assistant, cook, photographer,
printer, sports instructor, computer operator.