QUESTION Learning French and Military Service

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I’ve done the search on the forums and wanted a more clear answer. Apologies in advance for the time you gentlemen will take in helping clarify this.

1. I’ve downloaded the “Babbel” app and have begun practicing basic French vocabulary and pronunciation in preparation. However I don’t feel as though I’ll be 100% fluent by the time I arrive at the gates. With that being said;

Will the interviews be conducted in English?
Will it be better to attempt to speak French or admit I know a little or would it be a detriment for me to attempt to speak French as it might seem like I’m a “know it all American”?

2. I plan on bringing my Honorable Discharge paperwork from the army. Originals not photocopies as I don’t want to give the impression I plan on going back to the USA. Would it be better to not tell them about my prior military experience? I feel as though if I tell them then I would be scrutinized even more on everything that I do and what could be a simple mistake for a civilian and overlooked might make me look like a “screw up” because I’m prior service.

I got out of the army in 2015 and am a little rusty on land navigation etc.

3. I’m not interested in becoming a cook or logistics or non-combat roles though I am 100% prepared to do whatever the Legion asks of me. With that being said, if I want to be in a combat job will they allow me that preference after I’ve completed my training?


Thanks in advance for your time.
 

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I was pretty much fluent when I went and I spent 36 days in France before I stepped foot in Aubagne and I bet I only spoke English 3 or 4 times (one memorable night in Nantes with an American IES Abroad Student sticks out most...…).

The real immersion of those days was worth a year of study.
 

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Kind of odd to be from the 5th Special Forces Group as an E-4 Specialists
He was Support. Even the SF groups have their cooks, clerks, and mechanics. Those guys will all be Airborne qualified, but will not have gone through SFAS/Q-Course.

The way to spot them ( SF Support guys) in uniform is 1) They wear a Maroon beret, though with an SF Flash and DUI (Cap badge), and they wear the SF unit patch, but without a special forces tab. Here's an example: sfsup.jpg
Pictured is the Chaplain (Aumônier) and Chaplain's assistant for 3rd Bn, 10th SFG. Both wear maroon berets instead of green, though they both have the Green flash of 10th SFG. The SGT at left is wearing the aformentioned SF DUI (Distinctive Unit Insignia); at right, you see the Padre (note the cross on his beret) wearing a SF unit patch without a SF tab. These guys are SF support Bubbas; assigned to 10th group, but not actual Snake-eaters themselves.
 
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He was Support. Even the SF groups have their cooks, clerks, and mechanics. Those guys will all be Airborne qualified, but will not have gone through SFAS/Q-Course.

The way to spot them ( SF Support guys) in uniform is 1) They wear a Maroon beret, though with an SF Flash and DUI (Cap badge), and they wear the SF unit patch, but without a special forces tab. Here's an example: View attachment 5309
Pictured is the Chaplain (Aumônier) and Chaplain's assistant for 3rd Bn, 10th SFG. Both wear maroon berets instead of green, though they both have the Green flash of 10th SFG. The SGT at left is wearing the aformentioned SF DUI (Distinctive Unit Insignia); at right, you see the Padre (note the cross on his beret) wearing a SF unit patch without a SF tab. These guys are SF support Bubbas; assigned to 10th group, but not actual Snake-eaters themselves.
^^

This. I never claimed to be SF.
 

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