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Joe, honestly you really aren't missing anything in this since you know it first hand with 17 years in.

The main point I took from the paper is how he talked about the difference between integration and assimilation in a sociological sense for those serving in the Legion. Integration being mainly those who serve the five year first contract and are done. For those that go beyond the first contract, they are the ones that assimilate, their identity is more completely someone who is a "Legionnaire". (The point not meaning that anyone that served only the first contract is less than)

In my mind, I see myself trying to join with full intention on serving past the first five year contract because like this paper was saying, that is when full assimilation begins taking place. Why do people want to join the Legion? Many reasons. Because they want a change! To become new.
 
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Aspirants want to join for many reasons ranging from personal, political, escaping a former minor criminal past and simply wanting to reintegrate into society by five years of loyal service.

Then you have the Prince Edward type dreamers who want to prove themselves in a harsh environment. Often they can't accept the rude shock that awaits them.
 

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It may be a re post, a video is published in 2016. In the upper left corner of the video you can move the cadre in 360 degrees.
 
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Legion patrol on my avenue at least a half dozen times per day... Two 4x4s and by foot... Sometimes up to 20. Today, a foot patrol of 8 on the alley central, left and right passed by... First geezer nodded in my direction (do not know him, I was just eating a croissant and drinking a café). Very Pro IMO.
 

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One can see in the video legionnaires form all over the world : Ukraine, France, Georgia (former Soviet Union, not the American state), Brazil and Nepal. There's another French speaking legionnaire in the video, but I couldn't guess from his accent where he's coming from. At one point, one of the guys asked what were the first French words they learnt, says “balai” (broom) and “serpillière” (mop). :LOL:
 
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Source: Midi Libre 21.05.20
Aude : 30 élèves gradés de la Légion testés positif (Covid 19)
Btw, Covid has changed sex and is now feminine (Academy Francais)
 
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