A white cap as an analogue of a maroon beret: training for military personnel of the French Foreign Legion

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A white cap as an analogue of a maroon beret: training for military personnel of the French Foreign Legion

The Foreign Legion is a military unit that is part of the French ground forces. This unit is staffed primarily by foreigners. Today, people from more than 100 countries around the world serve in the Legion. Moreover, about a third of them are citizens of CIS countries.

The path of the future legionnaire begins at the recruiting point. This is followed by an interview, two medical examinations and various tests.
Typically, in case of successful completion, the applicant’s documents are taken away, and he ends up in the training camp under a new name and with a fictitious biography.



The contract for service in the Foreign Legion is for 5 years. According to some reports, fighters in peacetime receive from 1500 euros per month, and in combat - two or even three times more.

Meanwhile, to get into the Foreign Legion, you must undergo three months of training at a recruit camp in France. Not all “applicants” survive this stage.

Along with severe daily physical activity, recruits are subjected to severe psychological tests. Some people lose their nerve even at this stage and break their contract without ever becoming a foreign player.

The most severe test for many recruits is winter. Training takes place outside, including forced marches of up to 30 km.
In addition, future soldiers, often as punishment for violating discipline, perform “household” tasks, such as removing ice from barracks buildings with a construction spatula and clearing snow with devices similar to a waiter’s tray.

It is not uncommon for recruits, especially from southern countries, to get frostbite on their extremities and end up in hospital.

Another punishment for recruits who have quarreled among themselves is to tie them with one rope at waist level. They go on like this until the command considers that the conflict is over.

Finally, the main task of each recruit is to obtain a white cap (analogous to our maroon beret). To do this, at the end of the training, future legionnaires will have to undergo a 48-hour forced march with full equipment. Not everyone can pass this test.

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    1. +5
      11 January 2024 06: 09
      I understand so; respected author posted on V.O. advertisement for the Foreign Legion?
      1. -1
        11 January 2024 06: 50
        A white cap as an analogue of a maroon beret: training for military personnel of the French Foreign Legion

        Yellow-brown pants: the standard for training military personnel of the Foreign Legion...
        1. 0
          11 January 2024 07: 02
          Quote: ROSS 42
          White cap as an analogue of a maroon beret:
          A white cap is very useful. If you don't have clean white underpants, you can wave them: "Nicht foer" feel
      2. -1
        11 January 2024 06: 50
        A white cap as an analogue of a maroon beret: training for military personnel of the French Foreign Legion

        Yellow-brown pants: the standard for training military personnel of the Foreign Legion...
    2. 0
      11 January 2024 06: 59
      , future soldiers, often as punishment for violating discipline, perform “household” tasks, such as removing ice from barracks buildings with a construction spatula and clearing snow with devices similar to a waiter’s tray.
      recourse And this is what they call punishment?... Ordinary “everyday life is a holiday for us” (march of communist brigades) feel
    3. +3
      13 January 2024 16: 36
      I watched the film. “Elite soldiers” are getting dirty, ha-ha-ha... Ordinary Soviet PVs of the KGB of the USSR. KZabPO. Did it snow in France? And in Transbaikalia -40-46 is the norm. Or even -60. Haven’t they tried training on a concrete parade ground, let alone doing push-ups in the snow, or training in tactics, crawling for 1 hour in cotton, tarpaulin with summer footcloths in a pea coat and “armor-piercing jackets”? And what about doing push-ups or doing press exercises collectively - for any offense committed by one... Did the boy get frostbitten hands? Yes, we froze them all, and the sergeant and the doctor did not run after anyone. They walk 60 km in two days. Children... Every frosty morning, 3 km with a naked torso, and every Sunday is a “sports festival” - a forced march of 6 km with full gear. And at graduation there were 2 sleepless days. First, a forced march of 10 km, then a shooting range (God forbid you miss, you’ll run again). Then a walk, then they take you to a warm club and show a movie... After 5 minutes they turn on the lights and if anyone has fallen asleep, it’s all “get up, come out and line up.” So you sit and poke yourself in the thigh with a needle so as not to fall asleep. The next day it’s like this That's about it. Legion, damn it... The warriors are rags.

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