A soldier that don't think will end up in a wooden box, think that old myth of "your not paid to think" is a recipe for disaster!Yeah, but you're not paid for thinking, you're there to do what's told. I remember one time I was driving a lieutenant in the Finnish military around the base with a Jeep. Then in the middle of the barracks parking lot he told me to "Drift this Jeep here, that's an order". So obviously I couldn't get that heavy car to slide like it was suppose to so we just drove slowly really large circles about 8 times in the parking lot until he said Ok, enough. He never explained why to do this and I was too confused to ask. It didn't make sense then and has not ever.
Got a free coffee coupon to the cantine tho....
Life is one big trip and with out some chicks to help you on your travels. ..life becomes a lonley planet
Great stories Petit caporal. Really well written and brings home that all our journeys to join the Legion are adventures in their own right. Some more than others, it’s true. I like your determination. I also found the gendarmes to be very helpful as well as complete strangers while I was in France. Was quite the experience. I can't wait to read your next chapter.Life is one big trip and with out some chicks to help you on your travels. ..life becomes a lonley planet
The intention was to explain , if you set your heart out to do some thing, like joing the Legion and you fail, what ever the reason s! Détermination counts for lot. ...but hey, you haven't heard the follow up
and thats another story. ..stay tuned, more to come (03 h 00 ) btw, patience is a virtue. ..and that is a generation thing
Now a days. .kids seek instant satisfaction for there desires,i want it now and i want it all attitude (technology obliged) and that is killing curosity
Will post soon a follow up (my return to scotland and my second attempt in enlisting...so stop getting your G string in a twist
Just more civi jail for me in my situation so the unknown verses a cell for about the same period of time was a no brainer regardless of not really understanding what the Legion had to offer, also I was clueless to understanding how difficult it was to get in as their was nothing about to tell you or inform you. The only thing I new for sure was any freedom was better than jail and hey the Legion couldn't be that bad!!!!!!!!I dared me. ..if it wasnt the légion, what else could have i done...defect to the east ?
It has to be said that, in our days, you were literally going into the unknown. Perhaps not the unknown, more the little known. I personally did not know if they were still in North Africa or not. I'd read Beau Geste and Legionnaire by Simon Murray and saw the cartoon strips in the papers of beau peep all took place in the desert.Do you not think that part of the attraction of going the Legion prior to social media and the amount of content and information that is about now was 1 the need (personal reasons for going) and 2 that it was like going to the moon, not a lot known about it but what you did hear was pretty negative! The two together along with the unknown just upped the pressure! Just a thought.
You failed the BASIC test, it had nothing to do with pull ups. Had nothing to do with too many guys, ANYONE who passes this FIRST BASIC test is admitted. There is always room. You did 7 more pull ups jus to humor him. He didn't just decide anything. It is simple. He looks at the test and looks at the master copy with all the answers, you failed the test. You did not get sent home because of anything else. It is s simple as that, nothing more.So last Sunday night, I got to Aubagne. Few hours had been walking around town, very nice place to live, so i tooked hotel in the monday morning coz it was starting to rain, and i was afraid of catching cold, or having lungs problems. I had slept in a hotel all Monday, taking shower eating and sleaping. Tuesday moning I went up the hill to preselection center. Said hello to a young Russian speaking sergeant, he showed me how I should do 7 pull ups, I did them, then we went inside, he explained how to do the test for the beginning. I had did the test, then he decided that I should do another time 7 pull ups, I did them. Then he decided that I wasn't good enough, and said bye-bye, come try after a month. ;(
Which test exactly get you to try after a month if you fail it? it's a little ambiguous. Pardon my ignorance, what is the first basic test? Surely you do not mean pull-ups? Is there something after that?You failed the BASIC test, it had nothing to do with pull ups. Had nothing to do with too many guys, ANYONE who passes this FIRST BASIC test is admitted. There is always room. You did 7 more pull ups jus to humor him. He didn't just decide anything. It is simple. He looks at the test and looks at the master copy with all the answers, you failed the test. You did not get sent home because of anything else. It is s simple as that, nothing more.
There is no room for mistakes I think...Have a really good question about the first basic test ? How many mistakes could be done ?