Entry Requirements to join the French Foreign Legion

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Entry Requirements to join the French Foreign Legion

Mesaj Scris de VNR la data de Mar 23 Iun 2015 - 17:24

So, how to join the French Foreign Legion? The ONLY solution to join the French Foreign Legion is to go to mainland France (in EUROPE) and knock on the door of one of the Foreign Legion recruiting centers (once you are in, free accommodation, food and clothing are immediately provided by the Legion).

There is NO OTHER WAY! No online applications, no letters of invitation, no French embassy’s documents are providing to join the French Foreign Legion. Keep in mind.

You will be enlisted as a single man, even if you are married. The first contract you sign up is for 5 years.

What DOES matter:

to be a man between 17.5 and 39.5 years
to have a valid ID (Identity document)
ID Card or a Passport for recruits from the European Union (EU)
PASSPORT for recruits from all over the world

to have a birth certificate verified copy (translation into English or French languages prefered)
– confirmation of the certificate’s copy not older than 6 months while enlisting
– you are allowed to enlist in the Legion without the certificate as well, however, the document will simplify your engagement

to be NOT wanted by Interpol (NO murders, NO drug trafficking…)
to be physically fit to serve at all times and places all over the world for at least 5 years
to have BMI between 20 and 30

What does NOT matter:

your citizenship (if you are a Brazilian, Indian, Russian, Japanese citizen etc…) doesn’t matter
your race origin doesn’t matter
your religion doesn’t matter
your knowledge / ignorance of the French language doesn’t matter
your educational background doesn’t matter
your qualifications doesn’t matter
your social status doesn’t matter
your professional status doesn’t matter
your marriage / marital status or family status doesn’t matter
your military or non-military background doesn’t matter

Entry Tests of the French Foreign Legion

1.Psycho-technical tests
-IQ tests
-Personality tests

2.Sports tests
-Luc leger (a rhythmic race, alternating 20 meters distance; running speed is determined by beeps at set intervals with increasing frequency – make at least 7 landings)
-Pull-ups (make at least 4 pull-ups)

3.Medical tests
you will pass a medical visit
be sure you have healthy teeth (or treated)
maximum number of missing teeth between 4 and 6, depending on the value of the teeth
masticatory coefficient (to have quite healthy teeth) greater than or equal to 40%
provide all documents concerning medical surgery or a recent document describing that there is currently no sequelae
provide medical documentation regarding previous serious illness and now healed (certificate healing / treatment)
provide your health record if the existence of these
Examples of causes of incapacity:
overload weight
a psychiatric disorder during treatment
to have very poor eyesight (see the post linked above)
bad hearing (you pass a sound hearing test – it tests your ears at different frequencies)
total loss of a finger
laxity (instability) of the knee
recurrent dislocation of the patella
hernia recovery with after-effects (recurrent hernia problems)

What to take with you to the French Foreign Legion

he number-one rule in packing for an enlistement to the Legion is to pack lightly.

You HAVE to take with you:

all documents already stated above (ID card, …)
3 T-shirts, 3 briefs and 3 pairs of socks
a pair of trainer/sneaker
about 10-50 euros
vanity case/toiletries:
soap/shower gel
razor + lather
bath towel
bath shoes/slippers

You did NOT HAVE to take with you:

big amount of money (300+ euros/400+ USD)
credit cards
valuables, jewellery

You MUST NOT take with you:

weapons: gun, knife…
car or motorcycle keys
house keys

Tattoo and the French Foreign Legion

French Foreign Legion and the tattoo. Are legionnaires tattooed or not? Are you allowed to be tattooed, when you are joining the French Foreign Legion? What is the French Foreign Legion tattoo policy?

Within the Foreign Legion, a tattoo has a long tradition. Only legionnaires, mariners and prisoners were well-known in France for being tattooed 100 years ago. So, there is no problem if you have got a tattoo and want to become a legionnaire. But, as always, there are some tattoo rules that can disqualify you from joining the Foreign Legion.

Banned or inappropriate tattoos for enlistment in the Foreign Legion:

1.the Nazi and racist tattoo (Nazi-swastika, A.Hitler, Ku-Klux-Klan for example)
2.a stupid tattoo on your face/arms, even if it seems to be small
(if you have a little drop near your eye, you can try to join; if you have a vagina tattoo between your eyes or a penis tatoo on your arm, stay at home)
3.a larger tattoo across your face (a genuine tribal tattoo is allowed in some cases)
Be aware, as a legionnaire, you will represent the Foreign Legion during your service years. So, if you have a tattoo, it is better to look at it and ask yourself: “Will my tattoo harm the Legion in public?” If your answer is NO, you can try to join in…

Enlisting in the French Foreign Legion

The French Foreign Legion accepts recruits from all over the world. The Foreign Legion’s recruiting centers have to be open 24/7/365 (yes, all year long) officially. However, whatever is stated on the Legion’s official website, enlisting in the Legion during Monday to Friday between 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM (17.00 h) will be a good option for you. The smaller recruiting centers might be closed during nights.

You can be enlisted in mainland France only! There is no other way.

You must travel at your own expense to continental France (in Europe) and knock on the door of one of the Legion’s recruiting centers (see the list below) to be enlisted in. This is the ONLY solution how to join the Foreign Legion!

NO online applications, NO letters of invitation, NO documents at French embassies around the world are providing to join the Legion.

Once you are enlisted (the same day you knocked on the door), the recruiting & selection process starts. It takes from 2 to 5 weeks.

Free accommodation, food and clothing are provided by the Legion during the whole recruiting & selection process.

You will be enlisted as a single man, even if you are married.

The first contract you sign up is for 5 years.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q: Do I need to speak French before joining the Foreign Legion?
A: No. Most candidates do not speak French. However, it will not be amiss to speak a little bit of French language.

2. Q: How about contacting my family?
A: You are allowed to contact your family once you have started your basic training in Castelnaudary, by mail or payphone.

3. Q: How about evenings, weekends, holidays in the Legion?
A: After finishing your four-month basic training, you are allowed to leave your military base during your free time.

4. Q: How about using mobile phones, notebook computers?
A: After finishing your four-month basic training, you are allowed to buy them and use during your free time.

5. Q: How about annual leave (vacation/holiday) ?
A: The Foreign Legion offers you 45 working days of annual leave (vacation/holiday) per year.

Career in the French Foreign Legion

Any legionnaire can build a career not on school diplomas or professional or civilian qualifications, but by taking military or technical examinations throughout his service. If you have good potential, if you are motivated, hard working and serious, the following careers are possible.

Combat specialities:
tank driver
machine gunner
anti-tank rocket launcher
armoured vehicle driver
and other…

data-processing support
computer support
and other…

radio operator
radio mechanic
telephone exchange operator
and other…

light vehicle driver
truck driver
articulated truck driver
bus driver
dredge driver
and other…

small arms expert
and other…

data processing specialist
physical education instructor
graphic designer
and other…

25% of legionnaires will became the non-commissioned officers (N.C.O.). All NCOs in the Legion started as simple legionnaires.

10% of Legion officers started their career as simple legionnaires and worked up through the ranks.

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