My first week in Aubagne

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Since when, Paras, Marines ; Cavalry, Atteliry or other frigging Spetzna won a war ? I seriously ask you, self be wonder bees
Without the occupation of the field = ( the war is lost ) , excluded Serbia
No Infanterie means no battle and Naff yer petty over hilighted skirrmishes. ..that's exactly that
The infantery rules the Army and end off
I want a pint of what you're on :ROFLMAO:
 

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" Cogito ergo sum "
Nowt is done with out us
Some minor rôles are accored to parachutists and other so called élite
Especially in France, where you have almost more para regs than info. ..and that's a fact
Dare he who say's other wise?
Over hi lighted by the paparazzi and other rags, with out a doubt
When it comes to us, the Infanterie. ..
Be prepared for the routine. ..
We do the, "assault". like no one else can do
Where are your options
Parras
Marines
Cavalry
Engineers
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We the Infanterie are the oldest active r egiment of the Legion. ..
Others are pussies, imo
We do drill until we die
You just not compare, imoossible !
Post Shitum
With out the Infanterie ?
What would the world be today?
 

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Who said otherwise le petite? The infantry no matter what army. Always took the crap and held the line? Cavalry/gunners? In support. Paras/ marines came much later. (Have a feeling Chas will be here later with his compass!🤣) nobody’s badmouthing the infantry or your regiment le petite so your problem is!??
 

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Mark, i will die for my belives and will stand by my Regiment until i die. ..no excuses
Question d' éducation
Us first and a question of survival
Budget and all that jazz
 

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Mark, i will die for my belives and will stand by my Regiment until i die. ..no excuses
Question d' éducation
Us first and a question of survival
Budget and all that jazz
Excuses and education have nothing to do with it! A question of pride in your regiment does! Everyone who ever served understands that! But to continually slag another’s regiment/ speciality whatever they were no!!
 

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Pointing réalités to Wannabes has evry thing to do with and no excuses given
Am i the last of the "Corbeaux", to defend our bif steak, if so, Welcome to me
Not hiding the fact or the facts. ..We, the Infanterie are a breed apart
 

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Pointing réalités to Wannabes has evry thing to do with and no excuses given
Am i the last of the "Corbeaux", to defend our bif steak, if so, Welcome to me
Not hiding the fact or the facts. ..We, the Infanterie are a breed apart
Hmm... a Scottish caporal lecturing me on roast beef! and the infantry? Say it to those who want to join not to me!
 

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Vegan ? Not up for blood and guts, etc
Such a sensitive créature
Not my making
 

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Vegan ? Not up for blood and guts, etc
Such a sensitive créature
Not my making[/ be a smart ass with
Vegan ? Not up for blood and guts, etc
Such a sensitive créature
Not my making
be a smart ass with someone else little caporal! Vegan? You know where you can shove it! Sensitive little creature!??Remember when you were drunk and needed help?? and probably do so now!
 
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As a proud former infanteer Queen's Regiment, senior British Regiment of the line second in age only to the Royal Scots, I am the first to recognize the prowess of the infantry.

Others have specialist skills, but in the round none can work without each other. And yes it is the PBI (Poor Bloody Infantry) who bear the brunt.

A pointless discourse so I am off back to have some breakfast.:).
 
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Only the intelligent go to the engineers or cavalry. Grunts are 10 a Penny. :D
 
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As a proud former infanteer Queen's Regiment, senior British Regiment of the line second in age only to the Royal Scots, I am the first to recognize the prowess of the infantry.

Others have specialist skills, but in the round none can work without each other. And yes it is the PBI (Poor Bloody Infantry) who bear the brunt.

A pointless discourse so I am off back to have some breakfast.:).
Yes ...ever asked a grünt how to set up a Rebro ? :ROFLMAO:
 

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Can't beat age for experience and 2 REI has that (oldest combat regiment of the Legion )
 
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Can't beat age for experience and 2 REI has that (oldest combat regiment of the Legion )
Does not mean anything. They still use the same Equipment as anyone else or are you saying they train "different" to other Legion Regiments?
 

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We do more work for lesser pay and that's a fact
If not on over seas duty. ..REP on their flimsy wee island, march in circles in front of TV crews, singing, " We are the champions"
And no, not evry REP person jumps. ..others do it for him (and they do not get paid for it. ..it's devided, more or less equally between those who jump and the office staff and other no jumpers. ..
As they do in 2 REI for the "prime de terrain '
January to 39 April 95. ..i did 3 whole months of field and was only paid 45 day's
The rest was probally, given to a garde taulard or a lazy fat arsed fud from the PMs (piss et merde)
I say always what i mean and i avoid exagerating (what's the point if so?)
 

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Without the occupation of the field = ( the war is lost ) , excluded Serbia
Yes, because we were smart enough to stop before it was too late. Probably biggest achievement of Milošević's career.
 

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And no, not evry REP person jumps. ..others do it for him (and they do not get paid for it. ..it's devided, more or less equally between those who jump and the office staff and other no jumpers.
I really don't know where you got that from EVERYONE in the REP has to jump. In order to get your jump pay, you have to do your test tap each year and do seven jumps. Occasionally there are exceptions. When I was given inapt TAP, I had to wait for a year before going overseas. I was still paid my jump pay, because my accident was on operations and the captain decided to keep me in the company until they went on tournant. exception because you can believe how many commissionaires verify where the jump pay is going to !
... equally between those who jump and the office staff and other no jumpers That's not the first time I'd heard that. In fact I've heard it in every non REP foyer I been in - so it must be true :sleep:
 
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Whelp, made it almost to blue. I showed up on Tuesday at 10 am sharp thinking that's what I needed to do. Then waited for about 10 minutes when a Corporal Chef told me to come back at 2. No problem there, walked into Aubagne for a very nice meal. Walked around and just enjoyed my freedom for the last few hours I had it. Luckily it wasn't raining that day. I show back up and there are 5 other men waiting a Georgian, Ukrainian, Italian, Brazilian and a tiny man from Nepal.
The Corporal Chef showed up promptly when he said he would. And began to check our pullups at the door. Sadly the Brazilian couldn't even make one clean one (practice your pullups fellas).
We got in after all doing the required amount. Then we hand them our paper work and they began to enter us into the system, after which we got our bags searched our phones taken and paper money taken for safe keeping. You can have all the coinage you want. Bring coins! You then take a small iq test just to see that you are not completely stupid. It's not hard.
Now we head to another Corpoarl Chefs office. Where he takes our bags to a closet to be locked away till it's time to shower. Then they send us to "paradise" this is a thirty foot by fifty foot fenced in area that has a small M. A. S. H. tent in it with the sides rolled up and a small trailer that has 4 space heaters only one of which works and no where to sit. Lucky I'm a civilian cause this WILL be paradise when I hit the blue phase.
We go to dinner at 6 pm it's good size portions and pretty decent food. Especially compared to prison. After dinner I spend the next two hours waiting to shower and go to bed. There are about 15 men in paradise with me and surprisingly to me we all have a feeling of comradery no real tension at all. Lots of laughter and trying to get to know each other in different languages. Not exactly what I expected. These men are my competition and my potential brothers in arms. Weird combination. Showers at 8 PM, lights out soon after. There are nicer showers than prison, each had its own stall with locking door but you have to be quick to finish so the next man can get in. The two bunk rooms have roughly 14 bunk beds in each room. The mattress are so much better than I expected.
The next day we get up at five a. m I get up at 4 cause I'm too excited to finally be doing what I've dreamed about for so long. You have to be ready by 5:10 or the Brazilian corpoarl will be very upset with your laziness. I quote "you must be fast in to make it in the legion. For the legion doesn't need you but you need the legion". How true. I am first everywhere because of that speech.
We then head to paradise till 6 am, chow time. You must make a sloppy formation in front of the Brazilian till he says go then you must run, I mean move your ass to get to salles des Manger (the cafeteria). You then form two lines waiting to be given permission to go eat, breakfast is always a large dinner roll with option of butter or jelly or both and a bowl of Cafe or hot chocolate. I load up on butter and jelly for the calories. Surprisingly to me this it's enough to keep me going till 12 when the real meal is.
Done with our breakfast we form another sloppy formation in front of the hall waiting to be released to paradise. Again run run run. You then sit around waiting to take your I. Q. Test.
This test is 3 part spacial acuity and pattern recognition and easy math. The spacial acuity is something I was thrown off by I wasn't sure how I did. It's a picture of a woman standing in between many cylinders and cubes then they give you 4 examples from another view, most of them were straight down and you must decide which is the right view. It was strange.
The next test is 3d shape unfolded in to a 2d image and you must decide what this shape is when folded up. Again not something I'd call myself an expert at. Finally is math and pattern recognition. Not hard math but you must find the hidden variables. This is the easiest part I believe. We lost no one from my group on these test but the next group lost 4 men.
What's next? Yup paradise till lunch. I can't stress this enough you are going to be waiting doing absolutely nothing this entire time. You could bring a book if you thought ahead they will allow it in. But you'll have to get rid of it when you go to the blue phase. I'm glad I brought gloves and enough clothes to stay warm. Even if I have to throw them away later it's worth it to me. I brought shoes and boots while everyone else has wet feet in their tennis shoes my boots are keeping me warm. I don't mimd I will have to get rid of them later. I like not being wet for as long as I can. Plus if I don't make it I will be warm in my travels home.
After lunch we form up and those who passed the iq test get their legion name assigned to them. This name is a name from your home country, has the same first and last initial. I love my new name though I'm not going to say it on here. The legion also gives you a new birthday which is one month and one day from your old one and a new place of birth.
Back to waiting in the rain. Till chow then bed.
The next day you go to medical this is where I got up to, we go there at 7am then a French speaking Dr. Comes out tells us in French to fill out these forms about our medical history using our new names only. Then tells us to strip to our skivves and t shirt. Mean while doesn't tell us what to do with our shoes and pants and jacket. I don't speak French yet and he picks me as an example and starts to yell and shove me to get his point across. I still don't get it. luckily the Georgian speaks French, and before this Dr punches me in the head tells me to fold my stuff neatly in the chair and hang my jacket on the back of it.
Now we get tested for our sight and to see if you are color blind. Then they do a heart rate monitor and a blood pressure cuff. Then tell you to go wait in the hall for the commandant Dr to interview you.
She is a pleasant lady who speaks English well enough. She looks at all your joints and listens to your heart and lungs. Checks your ears nose mouth. This is who tells me that I'm out of training long enough to go to Marseille to get an ekg done to make sure my heart doesn't have cardiomyopathie. I am crestfallen but not broken yet. We all finish our tests then head back so the other men can do their luc Leger and pull ups before lunch. While I wait to be told to go to the Dr. In Marseille.
We go to Chow then I get my passport and phone back told that I can return as soon as I have the paperwork saying I'm cleared for duty. Apparently this is something that happenes when someone is very fit, the machine gives false readings.
So I go to a hotel for the evening, and today I went and stumbled around the military hospital in Marseille to get my heart checked. As I knew it. I'm fine and will go back to Aubagne on Monday so that I don't have to sit in the cage over the weekend. This hasn't even slowed my enthusiasm one bit, I smile every day I get the chance to be here and not back in America. I hope this gives some light on the entry into the legion. When I get back on Monday I'll run the Luc Leger and do my pullups then move to blue phase. Where I'll be back on track.
Nice. It's my turn soon.
 

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