French foreign legion, medical problem




 
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February 6th, 2015  
fenix
 

Topic: French foreign legion, medical problem


Hi there, I was wondering if any one could help me with a issue that I have?

I'm from South Africa and flew to France to join FFL, I do have 2 screws in my knee from a rugby accident that I had a few years ago. I had my medical report about my knee with me when I arrived there but was told that it needed to be in French, needed to be original (not a simple translation done by some-one) and that it needed to be a more recent report (mine was the report from a few years back).

My question is, do any of you guys think that it was a way for them to turn me down or would they FOR SURE except me if I complete their request? I have to fly back to France seeing that I had to come back to South Africa for the report and had no place to stay there.

Kind regards
February 7th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
I am afraid they have said thanks but no thanks in a polite way.
FFL requires you to be physically fit to serve at all times and places all over the world for at least 5 years.

Iīve been in the infantry for some 10 years now and Iīve been deployed several times. I know how hard it is for my knees.
Unfortunately your chances are extremely limited when they have plenty of others to choose from.
February 8th, 2015  
tetvet
 
Too Want to join the FFL you'd have to have screws in your Head .
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February 8th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tetvet
Too Want to join the FFL you'd have to have screws in your Head .
Why?
What is it you think you know about the the legion?
They have a esprit de corps which is very similar to what you find in the USMC.
They are trained at almost the same level as a British RM
None is so shrouded in myths and assumptions as the French Foreign Legion. The vast majority are clearly exaggerated horror stories.
Once you have participated in exercises and met and talked with a legionnaire, you get a different view of them.
February 8th, 2015  
tetvet
 
I was joking stupid .
February 9th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tetvet
I was joking stupid .
Try adding a smiley next time.
It must be you who is missing some screws - you obviously have some difficulty in interacting on a social media.
February 9th, 2015  
fenix
 
Thank you Kesse81 for your insight. Do you think that if I get the screws removed and I heal completely with no signs that something was ever wrong with my knee that they will let me in then? I am willing to do that but need hard assurance that I'll be let in.

Kind regards
February 9th, 2015  
Kesse81
 
Thereīs no guarantee that you will be admitted.
They each year receive approximately 6,000 applications, but they only need about 1,000, so itīs no longer quite so easy to get in. You can try to contact the French Embassy in South Africa. They can probably give you some better advice on what to do.

One thing you need to make quite clear from the start is that there is a lot of Racism among the rank and file especially if you are not European looking. The vast majority of recruits is from east Europe and is not very friendly disposed towards all who donīt have white skin color. In fact, the vast majority of desertions are because of the Racism they experience and not because of the hard training.
February 11th, 2015  
fenix
 
Oky thank you. I am white but doubt that I look European. Would the racism still be there?
February 11th, 2015  
JOC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kesse81
Thereīs no guarantee that you will be admitted.
They each year receive approximately 6,000 applications, but they only need about 1,000, so itīs no longer quite so easy to get in. You can try to contact the French Embassy in South Africa. They can probably give you some better advice on what to do.

One thing you need to make quite clear from the start is that there is a lot of Racism among the rank and file especially if you are not European looking. The vast majority of recruits is from east Europe and is not very friendly disposed towards all who donīt have white skin color. In fact, the vast majority of desertions are because of the Racism they experience and not because of the hard training.
During the early 50's my father came into contact with the Legion while stationed in north Africa. At that time the Legion was made up of largely ex Nazi's. They were brutal to say the least and had no hesitation of opening fire on a crowd to get a an Arab resistor. Not sure if this is on topic but those legionaries were racist.
 


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