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A lesson for all you blues. About 18 months ago, my mates boy asked a few questions, took what I said on board and went straight to Aubagne after getting his fitness levels and french skills up. I got a Christmas card him yesterday , he made it and is living the dream out in the jungles of Guyane. Will raise a glass tonight Carl outstanding.:cool:
 
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Since the posts got wiped out I had three letters from the young man and he's loving every minute of it of his career path.
The young blokes still get pissed about by the older ones, but every one gets stuck in and gets on with it especially corvees ect.
 

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I suppose this thread is the appropriate one, just wanted to inform that Asia_Y, informed me a week or so ago, that her brother, made it in, got his Képi Blanc and are now aiming for to go to the 2 REP.
 
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I suppose this thread is the appropriate one, just wanted to inform that Asia_Y, informed me a week or so ago, that her brother, made it in, got his Képi Blanc and are now aiming for to go to the 2 REP.

To quote Gunny Hartman (OUTSTANDING)
 
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Yeah but we cant let you reptiles get above your station now, can we off thread hows the boat and the family man been a while.
 
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Letter from Carl this afternoon been promoted to priemier classe along with 8 others in the company been in the Legion 9 months, me thinks this young man will go far.
 

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Well, the stripe of Premier classe and the National defence medal Bronze echelon, comes with the paquetage since many years, not like when Voltigeur and jonny ,nor even when we was in, it was all by merit, so it was truly a Distinction back then. And a First class could hold the employement as Caporal de fonction. I Have done that, Brigadier de jour as a 1 classe and Chef d’équipe.
 
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Had to wait 18 months for mine as there were so many seniors in the escardon at the time.
 

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Had to wait 18 months for mine as there were so many seniors in the escardon at the time.

11 months after basic and one over seas tour under the belt and hey i was with the 4eme Escadron. :D It were a 1st of may, 3 days before my birthday and 11 months and 30 days after i made it to Brigadier (Caporal)
 

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Had to wait 18 months for mine as there were so many seniors in the escardon at the time.

Got my "first stripe" early as "major de promo" for the para brevet. Had my National defence medal Bronze echelon after about a year of service, automatically. No great merit there !
 
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Loustic, On average in the REP one had to have around 3 years service (me-2 years 9 months) before going on a Cpl's course.With around 4 years service the powers that be,Chef de Section,will come and start asking what one's plans are for the future.If you are staying,more times than not,it's off to Castel for your Sgt's.This of course depends on service record.**Update,what I did notice at Calvi was it was normal for men to come back to the Companie into their second contract as an NCO.
 

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Loustic, On average in the REP one had to have around 3 years service (me-2 years 8 months) before going on a Cpl's course.With around 4 years service the powers that be,Chef de Section,will come and start asking what one's plans are for the future.If you are staying,more times than not,it's off to Castel for your Sgt's.This of course depends on service record.

Or being a daredevil as i was and hence being spied on by the Chef de groupe and the Chefs d'equipes that together with the S.O.A and Chef de Section decided who was to been getting up the ladder.
 
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Or being a daredevil as i was and hence being spied on by the Chef de groupe and the Chefs d'equipes that together with the S.O.A and Chef de Section decided who was to been getting up the ladder.
How long before Brigadier then me 3 years and 4 months.
 

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How long before Brigadier then me 3 years and 4 months.

Less then 2 years in, got my Brigadier stripes on the 1 of July 1985. Then off on my 3rd overseastour, To Mayotte this time. :) I had Perez-Prias as Chef de Section for my C.M.E.:rolleyes: So that makes it 1year 11 months later after Basics. I sux at maths, truly!
 

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Don, if Im right, you joined the legion on August 1983. From memory I believe the first Iraq war was around 2000, were you there then? With 17 years service? Your photo shows Capo Chef with 2 inverted stripes. I e 10 years+, but less than 15.
Just curious, mate, don't get upset. I'm sure there is a logical explanation that I've missed.
 

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Don, if Im right, you joined the legion on August 1983. From memory I believe the first Iraq war was around 2000, were you there then? With 17 years service? Your photo shows Capo Chef with 2 inverted stripes. I e 10 years+, but less than 15.
Just curious, mate, don't get upset. I'm sure there is a logical explanation that I've missed.
I Enlisted the 16 of march 1983 jonny. September 1990 to March 1991 for me, i was a Caporal in the C.E.A /Section Milan 2REI 7 years of services, 5 years Rank, my Chef de section was Ltn Gillet (now General), my Company commander Griseri, my Regimental commander General Derville his second were R.I.P General Lecerf. I hope that helped to shear some confusions. Me to upset me, bring a bag of Onions! :)

For the 'Sardines' each is 5 years or above.
 
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Oops, I got my decades wrong, happens a lot lately. Could be old age sneaking up on me, I suppose. On the other hand, tha Iraq mess could confuse anybody.
 

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