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Each section has at least one
Each company has some. .half a dozen more or less
Service company has a section of
Different levels and usually goes with rank
Cant just be a grunt
You need to specialise
OK so you need to be a Cpl. I remember the Artillery signals guys had to go to Larkhill for advanced signals. so was central. I was wondering if the Cavalry do another course as i think they are more Recce or a big part of it . fire orders ..etc.
 
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All superb units with excellent records. Their plaques were in the SF Club in London, original home for the SOE. Then latterly home to the superb SAS and others.

Why I was a member is private affair. However the late Colonel Goss, Intelligence Corps and the late John Randall, Esq., formerly of the Phantoms knew my past history and actions. Everyone was vetted and anyone with preconceived ideas would not have lasted one minute.

I remain proud of my membership to this discreet and friendly club. Sadly too many of my friends there have now crossed the bar. For anyone to suggest that I would willingly denigrate the SAS is unworthy of comment.

It was also a very humbling experience and indeed a privilege to meet some of the former SOE agents, who were so incredibly modest.

1980 original Membership Number 5xx39.
Secretary : Mike Reynolds, MC former Rhodesian LRDG.
 
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OK so you need to be a Cpl. I remember the Artillery signals guys had to go to Larkhill for advanced signals. so was central. I was wondering if the Cavalry do another course as i think they are more Recce or a big part of it . fire orders ..etc.
You can become an operator as a legionnaire and most begin this way
The Cavalry do exactly the same course. .same goes for the REP
In the Legion, you can be in the Infantery, paras, Cavalry and engineers if your carear takes you there. It's possible
 
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You can become an operator as a legionnaire and most begin this way
The Cavalry do exactly the same course. .same goes for the REP
In the Legion, you can be in the Infantery, paras, Cavalry and engineers if your carear takes you there. It's possible
Thanks mate.. honestly interested.
 

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Of course, if you begin a operators course, you will get to Caporal quicker
If you are a caporal and a Comm operator. .you will get to the next higher level of Comms and Caporal Chef
You might even become a Suce Off
And a Suce Off will go onto the even higher level in Comms
All is IF
 
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Of course, if you begin a operators course, you will get to Caporal quicker
If you are a caporal and a Comm operator. .you will get to the next higher level of Comms and Caporal Chef
You might even become a Suce Off
And a Suce Off will go onto the even higher level in Comms
All is IF
Suce off sounds suspect to me bro :) so what is the best course to do in your company to get to Cpl? this is useful for people joining who might read this. I am interested but also this reason.
 

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Suce off sounds suspect to me bro :) so what is the best course to do in your company to get to Cpl? this is useful for people joining who might read this. I am interested but also this reason.
Mechanic / Medic / Transmission / Cook or Secrétaire
but is there a future for diesel engines in Europe ?
You can go a long way in civvy with a medics diplome
Stock an Stores are a good number
Man management / resources humain
Quality control
Best to do as many and as far as you can go while in the Legion
From the very first day, you should be looking to when you go civvy and what with
 
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Mechanic / Medic / Transmission / Cook or Secrétaire
but is there a future for diesel engines in Europe ?
You can go a long way in civvy with a medics diplome
Stock an Stores are a good number
Man management / resources humain
Quality control
Best to do as many and as far as you can go while in the Legion
From the very first day, you should be looking to when you go civvy and what with
What can you do in comms? Laying fibre optics or can you do a riggers course? Asking because I knew a few combat linemen who did the riggers course & got good jobs. I did the course too. the better course was Tele Mech who worked mainly on airfield cables.
 

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There was no fiber optics in my day
But i know how the Legion functions
You need / have to know your material and how to use and maintain it
We get, and what ever the speciality. .lots of inspections and exercises
 
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There was no fiber optics in my day
But i know how the Legion functions
You need / have to know your material and how to use and maintain it
We get, and what ever the speciality. .lots of inspections and exercises
Before fibre optics they layed much more cable. 10 pair, P3. later 7 quad & Hf Quad. The rigger course was a must if you went to N Ireland. as a Lineman. Bad job too as some were shot.
 

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just a bit Ginge :D . I know it´s the mindset ... do more than the other. However given that the Language spoken is French, how do the Comms compare. signals ..etc.?
To technical for me buddy all this Over and Out 👍
 
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To technical for me buddy but would say as their a French regiment theirs should be parity good unless it’s full of Dyslexia Jocks
no you´re not dumb.. you was recce in the A@ Bolten Wanderers. :)
 

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so what is the difference? I mean if they are airborne & such what is the dividing factor?
Cheers Sexpert,

There was not actually a lot between us, except the obvious differences in berets, ours was green, theirs were red. But apart from that, there was no ‘competition’. We were often operating in the same theatres of war and we were both welcome in our respective bars back at base camp. We were simply all paratroopers, and we looked after eachother. They were our brothers at war as well as we were theirs.
 
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Cheers Sexpert,

There was not actually a lot between us, except the obvious differences in berets, ours was green, theirs were red. But apart from that, there was no ‘competition’. We were often operating in the same theatres of war and we were both welcome in our respective bars back at base camp. We were simply all paratroopers, and we looked after eachother. They were our brothers at war as well as we were theirs.
Good post jonny. you get good soldiers in any Regiment.
 

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As mentioned in the Wikipedia articles cited by Peter Lyderik, the 1er RPIMa, located in Bayonne (SW France, not far from the Spanish border) is a special forces regiment belonging to the CFST (Commandement des Forces Spéciales Terre, Army Special Forces Command) which is the Army branch of the COS (Commandement des Opérations Spéciales, Special Operations Command). The COS has also an Air Force branch and a Navy branch, which Commando Hubert – the unit of Petty Officers (Maîtres in French) Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello, KIA last week in Burkina Faso and honoured this morning in a ceremony held at Les Invalides in Paris – belongs to.
The lineage of the French airborne units is pretty complex but, to cut a long story short, the 1er RPIMa (which took part also in the hostage liberation operation last week, along with Cdo Hubert) is considered the heir of the French SAS units created during WW2 and trained at Ringway by the British. They were then named 2e and 3e RCP and participated in a number of operations in WW2, the two most famous being the drop on Brittany, behind the German lines one day before D-Day and operation Amherst in The Netherlands towards the end of the war. La prière du para (the paratrooper's prayer) was created by Aspirant André Zirnheld who belonged to a French SAS unit under the command of Capt Georges Bergé, embedded as the “French squadron” in Major David Stirling's larger SAS unit in North Africa. The text was found in his personal belongings, after he was KIA in the aftermath of an SAS raid against a German military airfield at Sidi-Haneish, Egypt, on July 26, 1942.
The 1er RCP (my former regiment) was created in Morocco in 1943, from pre-existing smaller French airborne units. It was trained and equipped by the Americans, on the same model as the standard WW2 US Army Parachute Infantry Regiment. It's part of the 11th BP (Brigade Parachutiste, Airborne Brigade) and is not a special forces unit per se, but a regular airborne infantry unit (like 3e and 8e RPIMa and 2e REP).

The 6e RPIMa was disbanded in 1999. Petit Caporal, FYI, the regiment wasn't exactly re-activated, it's only that its flag will be kept by the basic training center of 11e BP at Caylus Camp, like the flag of 2e REC, disbanded at the end of the Algeria war because of the downsizing of all French armed forces, is kept by the DLEM (Détachement de la Légion étrangère à Mayotte, Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte). 9e RCP does no longer exist. It was disbanded also in 1999, following the switch to an all-volunteer force and the subsequent downsizing.
 

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