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February 16th, 2011  
sexyarmy11b
 

Topic: SO MANY QUESTIONS


I would like to know ANY and everything that I need to know that would make me successful in joining the legion. I have beeen doing research online for about 6 months. I am an Iraq/Afghanistan Vet (4 tours) and am in very good shape, so for me the question is more about the pay, retirement potential, advancement potential, pschyo-analytical testing and so forth. Please share anything you can think of!!! thanks SO much...
February 16th, 2011  
brinktk
 
 
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Originally Posted by sexyarmy11b
I would like to know ANY and everything that I need to know that would make me successful in joining the legion. I have beeen doing research online for about 6 months. I am an Iraq/Afghanistan Vet (4 tours) and am in very good shape, so for me the question is more about the pay, retirement potential, advancement potential, pschyo-analytical testing and so forth. Please share anything you can think of!!! thanks SO much...
A lot less than the US Army. Why not just go into the Marine Corps if you're up for a change?
February 16th, 2011  
mmarsh
 
 
Pay is here

http://www.legion-recrute.com/en/salaires.php?SM=0

RE = Basic training
REI = Infantry
REP = Parachaute Regiment
DBLE = Demi Brigade of Mechanized Infantry

There is also Engineer (REG) Cavalry/light Armor) (REC) and Recruitment (DGEM) I couldnt find pay scales for these but expect it to be more the less the same on average.

There is various bonus pay not included on the chart that you may receive.


Advancement in the Legion is strictly based on merit.

The Ratio is 25% of legionnaires become NCOs, 10% of NCOs become officers.

All NCOs start off as simple legionnaires, you need the following minimum level as a soldier before becoming a NCO

Corporal -2 years
Senior Corporal -6 years
Sergent (you have served a minimum of 3 as a corporal or senior corporal)
Senior Sergent (minimum 3 years minimum as a sergent)
Adjutant (minimum 3 years as a Senior Sergent)
Senior Adjutant (minimum 3 years as a Adjutant)
Major (upon reaching Senior Adjutant, but you must pass exam selection)

So if you were an absolute racehorse you could go from Legionnaire to Major in 14 years, but I seriously doubt this happens often. Most majors have between 14-25 years experance.

Major is the highest rank in the legion, they report to Regular French Army Staff officers.

Benefits -45 days annual leave. There are other benefits but you best talk to a recruiter.

One retirement thing that is kinda unique, is the Legion actually operates its own vineyard in Provence. The entire farm is run by elderly retired legionnaires (usually those that have no family). The wine is called Esprit de Corps (Code of Honor) and can be purchased online.

FFL Vineyards.

http://www.wineterroirs.com/2008/09/legion_wine.html
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April 12th, 2011  
muscogeemike
 
As a US Army recruiter in Tallahassee, FL in 1979 we once had a prior service guy wanting info on the Legion. I had just read a book about the Legion which had a phone # to call in Miami, Fl. I donít know if it helped the guy, I hope so.
April 12th, 2011  
-- Dusty
 
 
Well, if "sexyarmy11b" really had 4 tours in the sand box, I don't think he'd have any problem in getting a better-than-normal contact with the FFL.
April 25th, 2011  
justinsaylor
 
Sir i have some Question
October 23rd, 2013  
WantB
 
Can u give some advice pls? Im in Paris on the 29th this month. Could use any info that will bolster my chances of getting in. Thanks.
 


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