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Hi, I feel happy I'm able to write this presentation because I waited for this for a long time (my previous account was a failed attempt for reasons that are beyond my control).
I'm looking forward joining the legion the year 2021 and I'm currently doing what most guys do (running a lot, my goal is to run 10k before heading to France (currently I'm doing 6k, 3 times per week, and doing lots of pushups and pullups), also learning French which is already into an intermediate level.
Currently I'm 32 years old and all my military instruction is from 1 year, I did the military service in my country and I did "la spécialisation" as a loader of MBT (main battle tank).
I've been working as an average joe since then, I just feel civilian life is not for me, 9 to 5 and a f@cking office is not for me. I don't have wife or kids, just thirsty of adventures, challenges and to be a part of the legion. Thank you all.
 
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Welcome to the forum. I would recommend to you and anyone else who is trying to improve their running, to join a running club. That way, regardless of how well you do, you will get a certificate for completing the race. It will stand a lot better than just telling the 'gestapo' that you have been training up to joining for three times a week - no proof.
 
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Welcome to the forum. I would recommend to you and anyone else who is trying to improve their running, to join a running club. That way, regardless of how well you do, you will get a certificate for completing the race. It will stand a lot better than just telling the 'gestapo' that you have been training up to joining for three times a week - no proof.
Thanks for the tip, clever indeed, I'll search for a race certificate, merci et bonne journée.
 
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boucanier99,

A belated welcome to the form.

Je vous souhaite la bienvenue ici.

Get fit become a racing snake and go for it as soon as you feel ready.

Bonne chance.
 
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Well let's hear what you are doing to achieve your goal.
Bien sûr Joseph, I'm doing a routine from Sunday to Friday, (Saturday off). I'm running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 am, the distance is variable, between 5k and 8k. I'm not so focused on distance now, more on time.
On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays I make pullups (my goal is 20, currently I'm on 14 reps) pushups and planks.
During the week I put on an hour of French everyday. BTW I found on the internet a French teacher, that for a decent price is trying to make me understand the language.
I know this is not an extremely intensive amount of exercise, but I started from running less than 1k feeling like dying so, it's some progress.
I checked if there was a running club or an official competition for getting some type of certificate, however, nowadays, everything is closed in my country because of Covid.
Bonne journée !
 
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It would be interesting to know how les anciens prepared themselves before going to the legion and if you felt it was good enough or maybe it's never enough. How did you feel in the tests or in the farm? Maybe Joseph, Voltigeur, Chas ou le petit caporal or any other ancien. It would be cool to know.
 

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Unfortunately you have picked the wrong people. When we joined there wasn't any internet so we all went in blind. Unlike you people nowadays who have everything laid out for them from the amount of tee shirts to take to how many pull ups are required.
Have you taken my French test?
 
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Unfortunately you have picked the wrong people. When we joined there wasn't any internet so we all went in blind. Unlike you people nowadays who have everything laid out for them from the amount of tee shirts to take to how many pull ups are required.
Have you taken my French test?
I understand Joseph, you were walking to the unknown. Brave walking indeed.
I have not taken the test, where can I find it?
 

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It would be interesting to know how les anciens prepared themselves before going to the legion and if you felt it was good enough or maybe it's never enough. How did you feel in the tests or in the farm? Maybe Joseph, Voltigeur, Chas ou le petit caporal or any other ancien. It would be cool to know.
I did not even know that there was a foreign Legion until my ship mate told me about it.
All I had, was my passport and the clothes on my back. See my "short Bio" on my web site.
 
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I did not even know that there was a foreign Legion until my ship mate told me about it.
All I had, was my passport and the clothes on my back. See my "short Bio" on my web site.
I think recruit training was harder at your time? many fights between recruits? I am assuming in these days of no internet ..etc it was impossible to screen people. Maybe Interpol but not more.
 
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In the 1950s' you had to be hard and adventurous to join the FFL. Little was known about the Legion unless you had read Beau Geste or seen the action comic similar to Commando. They were renowned as doughty warriors who sang as they marched to their own marching pace. Everyone of a certain age knew that many were escaping from the ravages WW2 and it was known that there were several Germans serving. WW2 vets were also aware of their actions at Narvik and later in the desert of Africa. In Suez, 1956 they were noted for their professionalism and own style of internal discipline.
 
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It would be interesting to know how les anciens prepared themselves before going to the legion and if you felt it was good enough or maybe it's never enough. How did you feel in the tests or in the farm? Maybe Joseph, Voltigeur, Chas ou le petit caporal or any other ancien. It would be cool to know.

boucanier 99:

I did not have the honour to serve in the FFL.

I did however after service in our Armed Forces consider joining but took another very interesting path.
 
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I did not even know that there was a foreign Legion until my ship mate told me about it.
All I had, was my passport and the clothes on my back. See my "short Bio" on my web site.
What a biography Voltigeur, you have lived a lot of changes and adventures for sure, was a pleasure to read it.
 

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I think recruit training was harder at your time? many fights between recruits? I am assuming in these days of no internet ..etc it was impossible to screen people. Maybe Interpol but not more.
Maybe training was harder I don't know, but easier in terms of technology.
There was probably more brutality coming from some NCO's.
In my training platoon beatings were not allowed but anything else was.
 

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