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I'm a third year cadet of the military college in Argentina, I'm in communications... Once a year recently graduated officers of almost every country come to Argentina to visit the military college and spend some vacations here. I would like to know why the recently graduated French officers talk the worst they can about the FFL. Why that ? Is it because the FFL is the best you have in the French army? Is it envy ?
It also happened when we were all having lunch that a French officer told to an Argentinian infantry officer that "infantry was the king of stupidity", we all laughed, never seen an Argentinian officer so angry insulting in Spanish... haha.
 

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Im gonna have a guess here and say it is probably due to the 'mystery' surrounding the Legion, as well as the horror stories.
 

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i will say its jealosy and misunderstanding wich as a jock i can relate to, we are called animals, stupid, inbred the list is endless but the fact remains that we were the only race the romans could not conquer at that time, they even managed to kill that poor jesus chap, but they had to build a wall to keep us out therefore it is my evaluation that we are god like and everyone else is as jealos as hell!
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but the fact remains that we were the only race the romans could not conquer at that time
Isnt that just because they realised it wasnt worth the hassle? :D :D
 

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It also happened when we were all having lunch that a French officer told to an Argentinian infantry officer that "infantry was the king of stupidity", we all laughed, never seen an Argentinian officer so angry insulting in Spanish... haha.
That's an old joke in the French army. Napoleon used to say "l'infanterie, c'est la reine des batailles" (infantry is the Queen of the battles [Queen, because in French infanterie is a feminine word]). Some "non infantry" soldiers a bit jealous, used to add "infanterie c'est la Reine des batailles, parce que le fantassin c'est le Roi des cons" (infantry, Queen of the battles because the infantryman is the King of stupid). No wonder this was kind of "lost in translation" when this officer tried to make the joke with his Argentinian interlocutor...:rolleyes:
Don't know why however some were talking badly about the Legion, since the best ranking cadets of St-Cyr often choose to serve in the Legion. Another ill-interpreted joke ? Some "jealousy" ? Who knows ?
 

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Don't know why however some were talking badly about the Legion, since the best ranking cadets of St-Cyr often choose to serve in the Legion. Another ill-interpreted joke ? Some "jealousy" ? Who knows ?
I think it is because there's always rivalry between different military units and grenes. Even though we're brothers in arms no matter what type of occupational specialisation you have you'll always talk trash about other types of units because yours is the best. The Army talks trash about the Navy and Air Force, and within the army, the infantrists talk trash about cavalerists and artillerists, and vica verca. It's often "jealousy" as Rapace says, and some times it's just friendly rivalry as you'll find in any armed force.

"My platoon is the best because bla bla bla, and we're much better than the slow and needy bla bla bla platoon."
 

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That's an old joke in the French army. Napoleon used to say "l'infanterie, c'est la reine des batailles" (infantry is the Queen of the battles [Queen, because in French infanterie is a feminine word]). Some "non infantry" soldiers a bit jealous, used to add "infanterie c'est la Reine des batailles, parce que le fantassin c'est le Roi des cons" (infantry, Queen of the battles because the infantryman is the King of stupid). No wonder this was kind of "lost in translation" when this officer tried to make the joke with his Argentinian interlocutor...:rolleyes:
Don't know why however some were talking badly about the Legion, since the best ranking cadets of St-Cyr often choose to serve in the Legion. Another ill-interpreted joke ? Some "jealousy" ? Who knows ?
It is the same way in the United States. Members of the Army and West Pointers will complain and bemoan the United States Marines Corps for example, "the Army does the heavy fighting and the Marines have the best Public Relations department". Stuff like that. Really do not see what the issue is with a couple French officers shooting the shit.
 

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It is the same way in the United States. Members of the Army and West Pointers will complain and bemoan the United States Marines Corps for example, "the Army does the heavy fighting and the Marines have the best Public Relations department". Stuff like that. Really do not see what the issue is with a couple French officers shooting the shit.
As I said, you'll find this in all the armed forces in the world.
 

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Actually it's the same all over the world more or less. Your unit is the best in the world and everyone else are dumbasses.
 

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I'm a third year cadet of the military college in Argentina, I'm in communications... Once a year recently graduated officers of almost every country come to Argentina to visit the military college and spend some vacations here. I would like to know why the recently graduated French officers talk the worst they can about the FFL. Why that ? Is it because the FFL is the best you have in the French army? Is it envy ?
It also happened when we were all having lunch that a French officer told to an Argentinian infantry officer that "infantry was the king of stupidity", we all laughed, never seen an Argentinian officer so angry insulting in Spanish... haha.
Why would any military force ANYWHERE want to visit the argy military college, and the oil that WE found near OUR islands is OURS, so keep yer mitts off!!!
 

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So, they will holiday in Argentina but wouldn't deliver the rest of the Exocet.
 

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i will say its jealosy and misunderstanding wich as a jock i can relate to, we are called animals, stupid, inbred the list is endless but the fact remains that we were the only race the romans could not conquer at that time,s
Completely true, I say facts can only be verified by those who stand in an objective point of view, in this case forget the legionaires or the regular French army when you are pondering about greatness of the Legion, i say ask Norman Schwarzkopf.
 

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Why would any military force ANYWHERE want to visit the argy military college, and the oil that WE found near OUR islands is OURS, so keep yer mitts off!!!
Mate!!
u say it like it is!
it's ours so go and dig somewhere else lol
 

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Typical bloody tight-ass Scots, never share. lol
 
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Why would any military force ANYWHERE want to visit the argy military college, and the oil that WE found near OUR islands is OURS, so keep yer mitts off!!!
I think this has nothing to do about my question, but I will answer to you. Like other presidents have told about Argentina before... Argentina is not a serious country, the corruption have destroyed almost everything and it hasn't finished yet. If it's your oil or our oil, we don't really care, we couldn't exploit it anyway. As if the Falkland islands would be ours today, they would have a been nothing but trash sold to who knows.
As a third year cadet I'm telling you this, it is hard to be well educated and be open minded in a country where everyone from ANYWHERE takes what it wants and we just do nothing. We cannot as an army do nothing either, the bank that manages our wages is called Patagonia and its owners are English people. So every time you hear that your army is buying planes or nuclear weapons to defend from us, know that they are never going to be used. We are not a threat to anyone. I'm very sorry about my country, but it's the way it is.
 

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Hey mate, sometimes we just read a topic and let our fingers do the talking, ie, type without thinking or type the first thing that comes into oor heeds(spelling). It's the way we've been conditioned. By that I mean that for nearly 15yrs in the forces you learn sarcastic witt. When I saw what you wrote about other nationalities forces going over to Argentina my first thought was WTF would they want to do that. Anyway, without getting into an argument I think the conscripts who were sent to the Falklands in 82 were like lambs sent to their slaughter, under trained and under equipped and under fed for that kind of environment, it's a shame what happened to many young lads during that campaign especially when they came up against britains shock troops who had a very good operational training ground and 100's of years of getting things right.
Ref your question I couldn't give you an answer though Rapace (spelling) and Lillegutt pretty much answered it for you. You don't have to be sorry for the junta or any corruption that goes on in your country, the ones who are corrupt will answer to someone one day. I hope you do well in what you do, and on this forum, (this goes to all) do not get too offended by what is said on here.

Your bakns are probably taking advice from our Labour government, they rip us off also so ripping you guys off will be a bonus to them. Adios amigos.
 

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Isnt that just because they realised it wasnt worth the hassle? :D :D
What about the iX Legion??????? dissapeared without a trace, every bit of them skin, bones, hair and equipment eaten by the mad pictish tribes near perth??? true or false????
 

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What about the iX Legion??????? dissapeared without a trace, every bit of them skin, bones, hair and equipment eaten by the mad pictish tribes near perth??? true or false????
Na! Just discovered whiskey was better than wine for keeping out the cold and damp.
 
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