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The only reason I ask if it could possibly be a disadvantage is that knowing French could make it seem as though you obviously had the resources to learn it, and thus, don't come from the type of background that they would consider for someone to become a good Legionnaire. It's been stated repeatedly how they want people with nothing to go back to and seemingly no opportunities prior to trying to join. And learning a language like French, from someone who is already from the US, can possibly make it seem as if that person isn't nearly in as dire straits as they think and as the Legion would want.
You don't need to be a person of resources to learn French. In fact you can be dirt poor and learn French for little or nothing. Here is a list of courses that you can find at your public library: Learning French in the Legion.
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The only reason I ask if it could possibly be a disadvantage is that knowing French could make it seem as though you obviously had the resources to learn it, and thus, don't come from the type of background that they would consider for someone to become a good Legionnaire. It's been stated repeatedly how they want people with nothing to go back to and seemingly no opportunities prior to trying to join. And learning a language like French, from someone who is already from the US, can possibly make it seem as if that person isn't nearly in as dire straits as they think and as the Legion would want.

Nowadays you can easily learn some basic French by internet, but don't worry with or without knowledge of the laguage, you will be treated the same. It's only after selection, if you are selected, that it could make a difference
 

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Nowadays you can easily learn some basic French by internet, but don't worry with or without knowledge of the laguage, you will be treated the same. It's only after selection, if you are selected, that it could make a difference

But wouldn't it make a difference in selection just in terms of being able to obey commands better and understand what the hell is going on around you?
 

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But wouldn't it make a difference in selection just in terms of being able to obey commands better and understand what the hell is going on around you?

You can do lots of free online French courses as well as libraries are free, it never hurts to learn another language and by all accounts it makes life a tad bit easier. It's not like you're studying French literature, its a basic command of the French language.
 

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You are on this forum and therefore know that all orders will be given in French. Why ask the question?
 

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But wouldn't it make a difference in selection just in terms of being able to obey commands better and understand what the hell is going on around you?

NO ! The basic principle in the Legion is that you will learn fast the 400 necessary words to obey commands and live in the barracks !

If you don't do it rapidly, they will punish you because you don't do what is requested (obey wrongly the orders)
 

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NO ! The basic principle in the Legion is that you will learn fast the 400 necessary words to obey commands and live in the barracks !

If you don't do it rapidly, they will punish you because you don't do what is requested (obey wrongly the orders)

What are the 400 words that you need to learn? Thank you in advance.

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NO ! The basic principle in the Legion is that you will learn fast the 400 necessary words to obey commands and live in the barracks !

If you don't do it rapidly, they will punish you because you don't do what is requested (obey wrongly the orders)

Understood. Thanks for the reply.
 
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