Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1187 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3091 times:
Is there anyone here who has served in the French foreign legion, and at what time was it? Or do you know anyone who has served? Was the experience really as bad as they say, I.E. were you ever hit by a superior, did you have to use a washboard to clean your clothes, etc? Tell us about it.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3085 times:
Did not serve in the Legion, but some friends have, and I went to Commando school in southern France with some of them, and we jumped together and swam L'Aveyron together. Did an FTX with CoyB of the 2REP, and I'll tell you that they are some highly professional troops, with a take-no-shit attitude.
Their training is particularly rigorous, and their NCOs are known for hardnosed ways. That said, I don't believe that they hit their privates any more than any other European army (in other words you might get smacked in the head by the Chef Adjoin of the platoon, but thats about it).
They do regard uniform cleanliness as next to Godliness, and they do have double creases in their dress uniforms. They also are the last people you want to piss off, as far as soldiers from a continental European nation are concerned.
A couple of the guys re-enlisted at the end of their 5 year tours, so it could not be all that bad.