Exactly... L'infanterie : l'arme des 300 derniers mÃ¨tres !While in the famous 2Â°REP (not starting a quarrel here), the legionnaires are a few meters away from their Sergeant who usually are a few hundred meters away from the platoon commander. Their war is 300m long (that is how far they can kill anybody).
First of all welcome to the forum and incidentally your first â€œbroadsideâ€
Letâ€™s think a bitâ€¦ Hmmmâ€¦ Do you really think that the Legion hires people from all over the world, speaking different languages, coming from different social and economic backgrounds, and that we start by teaching them explosives???
The basic training is exactly what the name says it is. BASIC !!!!!! VERY BASIC !!!!
Basic training is aimed at changing a person from anywhere in the world, into a basic soldier that is capable of functioning in a Legion regiment. With functioning I mean that he is capable of getting up in the morning and knowing what to do, that he is capable of understanding BASIC orders, and execute basic soldering tasks. THAT IS ALL!!!
After basic training you will be able to maintain your weapon (to clean it and understand if it is malfunctioning), to hopefully be able to shoot with it, in other words to operate safely on a shooting range (something that is not always so obvious). You will be capable of doing some VERY BASIC combat missions (the first missions in your miserable career). Se poster and Se dÃ©placer (remember the little presentations I posted earlier??). For the moment most of you guys donâ€™t even understand the meaning of the two little French words. How are you going do be â€œbig Rambosâ€ if you donâ€™t understand the most BASIC of the BASIC missions?
You will learn about radios, but you will not be any transmissions specialist, you will be a standard stupid (that has everything to learn) legionnaire. You will be able to change the batteries, change the type of antenna, turn on the bloody thing before setting a requested frequency, but THAT IS ALL!!
You will most of all, learn to clean and clean again. Simply because that is one of the most important BASIC MISSIONS!!
You will learn how to do your personal maintenance; that means cleaning your ass and your uniforms, as well as how to put them on and what to wear at a given moment.
You will learn how to run and how to walk for miles. Sure you know already, but you do not know how to do it while keeping your mouth shut and without asking stupid questions.
You will NOT learn much about combat, simply because the group (yes the group, you as an individual has no whatsoever value) is too stupid to understand the simplest basics of infantry operations.
Military life starts with BASIC training and a large majority of the future legionnaires (yourself included) are completely incapable of absorbing more than the simple basics for the first 16 weeks.
Forget the explosives, forget the fancy combat missions, forget all the crap that your miserable little brain has seen on TV.
.....the explosive course is only fot sergeant's and even then you'll be vetted to death before letting you near a full-blown explosives course in the FFL....personal is understood in each legionnaire before he joins and then tested en chambre by drunken corporals particularly in the wee morning hours...stools are provided and can be swung or thrown up into the air at will in billets.....it's 4 months so defiantly longer than US forces
is there an explosives course ?
whats the personal combat training like ?