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Alright guys,

While waiting for my knee to recover from injury before going to join the legion I have been watching/reading and learning as much as I can about the legion. I have come across an interesting podcast by Jocko Willink a former navy seal with a ex Legionnaire Joel Struthers, he talks about his experience with the legion, selection for GCP and much more. Not sure if this is the right place to post it but it's an interesting listen.

 

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I am half way into this and it is very interesting, lots I recognize from what the Marine Corps is and what the Legion is, Interesting to say the least. Is the guy legit, a former Legionnaire that did his time fully?
 

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Yes it seems about right. I couldn't imagine the Sch Legros kicking someone in the groin during his unarmed combat lesson. That or he isn't much good.
Struthers is legit (ex 1st Company and CRAP/GCP). I made contact with him on Facebook. Joe, Legros was one of the Sgt’s on my Corporal’s course (June-July 1992). If you look closely at the photo he’s standing on the left with CEA Sgt. Steele...
 

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Struthers is legit (ex 1st Company and CRAP/GCP). I made contact with him on Facebook. Joe, Legros was one of the Sgt’s on my Corporal’s course (June-July 1992). If you look closely at the photo he’s standing on the left with CEA Sgt. Steele...
I can't really make it out. Was that Tommy Steele the American? If it is we were both corporals together in Milan 2. He went on to become a major.
 

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I can't really make it out. Was that Tommy Steele the American? If it is we were both corporals together in Milan 2. He went on to become a major.
Joe, correct...it’s Thomas Steele from CEA Milan (there was a Steele in 4th Cie). I’ve zoomed in on the photo. Black Kepis are Steele, the young French Lieutenant and Legros
 

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Joe, correct...it’s Thomas Steele from CEA Milan (there was a Steele in 4th Cie). I’ve zoomed in on the photo. Black Kepis are Steele, the young French Lieutenant and Legros
Yes I can see Tommy now, without his glasses. Gill Steele was a South African, if I remember correctly. Probably the best swimmer in the regiment.
 

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Great so the guy is an Ancien, the pod cast, I'm half way through it is interesting, I'm going to finish it today.
 

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I thought, from my perspective it was a really good interview and book review; I would like to read his book. Some of you Green Ancien were on duty and served during this time in Africa, how was your experience?

What I find several things he say is so on point. 1) all you candidate wanting to become a Legionnaire, the Farm is not the day to day life of a Legionnaire, it is not 24/7 the farm. There is a daily routine, the plan of the day. It could very well be scheduled jumps or field fire clearing room, it is more likely CORVEE. 2) To be in the GCP, Marine Raiders, Navy Seals, or you name the Special Operators, the most important thing they look for is that you are a calm individual that can suffer in harsh conditions, keep up with the forced marches, run like a marathon runner, and never complain or fall back. 3) Reminds me of a true life story. In the Marine Corps you can request a special Duty Called Marine Corps Security Guard, MSG for short. Well this Corporal in my Company was beyond squared away, he was a poster child Marine, they could have put him on a poster, sharp, the look, and mister motivation. Everything he did or said ended up with his typical greeting or ending Ooh Rah Kill, Mr. Motivation himself. So, Mr. Moto gets accepted to MSG School, Oh I forgot to include it is MSG Marines that guard all US Embassies. Mr. Moto lasted about a week before being cut and sent back to our Battalion, the reason way to Moto, you cannot be like this at an Embassy or around the President. 4) Finally, GCP, is the same here, the men whom do it are all cool, calm, and collected they know when to and more importantly when NOT TO ACT.

Well, sorry for the novel post, I thought the guy to be genuine, humble, and a credit to the Legion, again, I do not know the guy all I have is this interview to use as my basis for a judgement.

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Alright guys,

While waiting for my knee to recover from injury before going to join the legion I have been watching/reading and learning as much as I can about the legion. I have come across an interesting podcast by Jocko Willink a former navy seal with a ex Legionnaire Joel Struthers, he talks about his experience with the legion, selection for GCP and much more. Not sure if this is the right place to post it but it's an interesting listen.

What's the name of his book?
 

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An article by Joel Struthers, titled March or die Canadian style

 

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An article by Joel Struthers, titled March or die Canadian style

Thanks Joe, that was a good article. Seems from the Pod Cast and this Article Struthers does a good job in his book to dispel the myths of criminals, there still is harsh discipline you usually do not see in let's say the USMC, and the modern very well trained fighting force the Legion is.
 

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