French Foreign Legion and Misdemeanor Charges - Page 2




 
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March 8th, 2013  
brinktk
 
 
I think you're assuming the legion today is what it was 30 or more years ago. They have really tightened the requirements for joining and from what I've observed are taking more people looking for adventure as opposed to "degenerate criminals". So what if he wants to "find a meaning in life". Is that not how most people push themselves to excellence? Give people the information they need to make their own decision. It's not your decision to make and has zero impact on your life at all. What's the point of degrading him from the start? Do you really expect that to be effective?

Also, if he has ANY criminal history, he's not getting into the military in the US. His only chance to see a military lifestyle may be to go to the legion. Notice he said "a couple of years ago AFTER HIGHSCHOOL" meaning he's not 17, he's at least in his early 20s. It's his decision. He may find out it's the best OR worst decision of his life. Just because it's not in line with your set of values doesn't mean it's wrong. The FFL is a very professional and very well trained fighting force. He could certainly do worse.

Serving ones own country doesn't necessarily mean they "value" you more. The government is always going to serve their interests first and if that means crapping on their veterans, they'll do it without ANY reservations whatsoever. They love you when they need bodies to feed to the meat grinder. As soon as that need is over your sacrifice is often purged from their memory to deal with "more pressing matters".

Free will is the reason why I fight and serve. Giving people the oppurtunity to CHOOSE their own path in life whether it's good or bad is the single greatest thing about our society. You chose your path in life and it works for you. Let him choose his with the most accurate information available.
March 13th, 2013  
udaka
 
The soldiers of foreign legion:" we fight for the moneys ,we die for moneys, we wounded for the moneys. No money no talks."
March 13th, 2013  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
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Originally Posted by udaka
The soldiers of foreign legion:" we fight for the moneys ,we die for moneys, we wounded for the moneys. No money no talks."

I thought they were fighting for France, I might be wrong
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March 13th, 2013  
D.J
 
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Originally Posted by rmd90
Hello, I am seriously considering buying a plane ticket to Paris and joining the French Foreign Legion, however I have one problem. A couple years ago after high school I got caught and charged, NOT convicted, with a very small amount of marijuana which ended up being a misdemeanor. Since then I haven't touched that stuff and successfully completed my probation and got my record expunged. I don't plan on ever using marijuana again but I am curious if they will find out about it and disqualify me from serving because of it. Expert advice on this topic would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Whatever you've done, tell the truth. Le Deuxieme Bureau will find out.
Your "crime" is immaterial



March 14th, 2013  
m551sheridan
 
 
from what I saw on the History channel about the Legion... it be some bad-ass training to become a Legionnaire.
March 14th, 2013  
D.J
 
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Originally Posted by m551sheridan
from what I saw on the History channel about the Legion... it be some bad-ass training to become a Legionnaire.
Bad ass perhaps. But all elite units are bad ass.
The legion
does not differ much from other elite units such as the Royal Marines or U.S. Rangers.

March 14th, 2013  
D.J
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by m551sheridan
from what I saw on the History channel about the Legion... it be some bad-ass training to become a Legionnaire.
Bad ass perhaps. But all elite units are bad ass.
The legion
does not differ much from other elite units such as the Royal Marines or U.S. Rangers.

March 14th, 2013  
D.J
 
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Originally Posted by brinktk
from what I've observed are taking more people looking for adventure as opposed to "degenerate criminals".
Not quite.
It's not a life for the adventurous who want to go to battle. This kind of people do not thrive in the Legion. Being a legionnaire is about training, team spirit and ability to work closely together and solving military tasks in a very professional unit. Those who dream of war are not suitable for combat.
March 14th, 2013  
brinktk
 
 
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Originally Posted by D.J
Not quite.
It's not a life for the adventurous who want to go to battle. This kind of people do not thrive in the Legion. Being a legionnaire is about training, team spirit and ability to work closely together and solving military tasks in a very professional unit. Those who dream of war are not suitable for combat.
I understand that, your point is valid for any professional military organization. I was simply using it as a counter to the common misconception that legionaires are predominantly criminals, outcasts, etc. That's not necessarily the case. People join the legion for the same reasons people join their respective countries military. Also, having a sense of adventure is different than wanting to go into combat. I had one when I first joined...I think most people do. I liked the idea of being able to blow stuff up, ride helicopters, shoot weapons, meet different people, be challenged every day, etc. That was the type of adventurous spirit I meant.

As for combat...nobody knows what the hell they've gotten themselves into until it's too late.
March 14th, 2013  
D.J
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brinktk
I understand that, your point is valid for any professional military organization. I was simply using it as a counter to the common misconception that legionaires are predominantly criminals, outcasts, etc. That's not necessarily the case. People join the legion for the same reasons people join their respective countries military. Also, having a sense of adventure is different than wanting to go into combat. I had one when I first joined...I think most people do. I liked the idea of being able to blow stuff up, ride helicopters, shoot weapons, meet different people, be challenged every day, etc. That was the type of adventurous spirit I meant.
Precisely, I agree.

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Originally Posted by brinktk
As for combat...nobody knows what the hell they've gotten themselves into until it's too late.
Sadly yes. And once you have crossed that line, there is no turning back.