Medical cover

#1
Hey all!

Years ago I came here considering joining and was told to try my own military first. So I did that. A few years in reserves, then signed a 5 year contract. I'm now on the ass end of my contract with a few months left and I'm considering my options, with the Legion being one of them. I feel like my current army is a neutered, PC version of its former self. I love it, but we are just a social experiment at the moment. Most jobs are now closed to male applicants, transgenders being let in, can't even yell at new guys any more.

So my two main questions:

Firstly: how well are you covered medically? I've seen careers ended from the most random injuries, from falling off high ropes course, to having a junior officer shoot a blank round right next to a guys head and blow out his eardrum. I don't mind committing to a 5 year contract again as long as i know if I blow a knee or pop a shoulder I'll get all the treatment they can offer, and if the treatment fails they won't just wipe their hands of me without post military assistance.

Secondly, if deployments are the goal, both non-warlike and warlike, what would be the best unit to pursue? At the moment, unless i go SNCO, my only option of a deployment is to go SF or to start identifying as a nonbinary, genderfluid, unicorn.

Cheers for the help.
 

Papillon

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#2
Hi Buddy,
I can only say what it was like when I was in we had cover that we took out once we got to our regiment (REP) it paid out a lump sum or payed out if you spent time in hospital so much per day, it works as I had to claim on it things I would think now are even better as the world is a bit more unsteady and combat duty is on the rise so I would think medical insurance would be better now due to the high demand but this is just my thoughts guys that are serving or have recently got out would be better bringing you up to speed.
 

Joseph Cosgrove

Moderator
Legionnaire
#3
As Papillon says, some of the current or recent ex-legionnaires should best inform you. I remember before going to 3 REI (my first proper unit) we all had to take out civilian life insurance. It was up to you if you renewed it. Getting to the REP, it was obligatory. The first thing you were asked before going on a tournant was a photocopy of your insurance.

What the army provided was not really made clear. I had to leave the REP because of a hand, fingers, injury. I received 6 months TAP pay for lose of earnings from the insurance. The injury was not considered so bad as to go before an army medical commission, bit if it was then the commission is available. What it leads to is another question.
 
#4
If your injury or illness is related to service, you'll be treated in a military hospital and get back to your unit after being cured. If you have long term consequences, then it'll be more tricky. If you were in 2e REP, you may be declared inapte TAP, meaning you're considered no longer fit for service in the REP or any other airborne unit. You'll be transferred to another unit. If the consequences are more serious, you can be medically discharged. In some cases, the Legion will try to find a ‘desk-jockey’ type of job, but it might not be possible. If you're considered disabled, you'll get a pension (in French pension d'invalidité) which depends on the severity of your handicap.
If it's not work-related, then, as a soldier in service, you'll be covered, like any other ‘worker’ by the French Social Security system. You may be asked to take an additional insurance, which, for serving soldiers, is often provided by a company called AGPM (for Association Générale de Prévoyance Militaire).
 
#5
AGPM or GMPA were the 2 that served us at the time. Their reps, ex soldiers, would come into the camp and visit the companies (especially before a deployment). I'm sure they knew before the others, who was getting deployed! Whatever one you choose, make sure you keep up the payements. Should be easier nowadays with the banks and digital progress... Wasn't always the case (just saying).
 

Papillon

Actual or Former Legionnaire
Legionnaire
#6
AGPM or GMPA were the 2 that served us at the time. Their reps, ex soldiers, would come into the camp and visit the companies (especially before a deployment). I'm sure they knew before the others, who was getting deployed! Whatever one you choose, make sure you keep up the payements. Should be easier nowadays with the banks and digital progress... Wasn't always the case (just saying).
Your right their you jogged my memory thay seemed to no when to come in and aproach a company selling cover (insurance) prior to is being posted I spent 96 nights in hospital Africa , Paris and down South then a lump sum it was good cover in my recollection
 
#7
After Sarajevo I caught a hernie cervicale (spinal disc herniation affecting cervical vertebrae) and spent 3 months in physiotherapy in Lamalou-les-Bains (a bonny wee village near Béziers, casino and several bars and restos). My Legion pay plus the pay out from the insurance... braw!
Said to myself... Am going to sign up with both... Never did tho, pity.
The monthly cotisation was, at the time, in French francs. About 2 cases of Kronenbourg per month? The robbing bandits.
 

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