Legion glossary (L-Z)

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Nîmes :
Town in Southern France about 150 km West of Marseille. Home of 2REI.
Pouf :
See BMC. Pouf' is also a short for French slang word "pouffiasse" (slut).
Promo :
In 2REP, the para course held for a group of 'new comers' at the end of which they receive their para wings (Brevet de Parachutiste Militaire).
Permission de longue durée (PLD) :
Litterally long term leave, that is a leave of 2 or 3 weeks in a row. Often granted after a short term (4 months) overseas assignment, where days off entitlement could not be taken and have accumulated.
Quartier Libre (QL) :
Authorisation given to legionnaires not on duty, to leave the barracks for a short period (one evening or a week-end).
Ramasser :
Litterally, "to pick-up" or "to collect". A translation could be "to get what you deserve", "to get something not wanted". « Tu vas ramasser », you're going to get it! (a punishment). In the imperative form (« ramasse »), take this.
Rassemblement :
Gathering. Every morning and whenever necessary in the rest of the day. Can be done at platoon, company or regiment level.
RE :
Régiment étranger (Foreign Regiment)
REC :
Régiment étranger de Cavalerie (Foreign Cavalry Regiment)
REG :
Régiment étranger de Génie (Foreign Engineers Regiment)
REI :
Régiment étranger d’Infanterie (Foreign Infantry Regiment)
REP :
Régiment étranger de Parachutistes (Foreign Parachute Regiment)
Repman :
Colloquial for anyone serving or having served with 2REP. This "English like" word is in use, because at a time (80s/early 90s) there were a lot of 'Anglos' in this regiment.
Repos :
At Ease !
Sac-à-dos :
Rucksack
Tête de noeud ! :
Dickhead (not a regulatory command !)
Transall (C160) :
Standard tactical transportation plane in the French army, along with C130 Hercules. Used in particular for paras drops.
VAB :
Acronym standing for « Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé » (frontline armoured vehicle). Standard infantry transportation vehicle in the French army.
 
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