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Hi everyone,
Im 17 and am thinking about time in the military and whether it be the Legion or British military is undecided. I don't want a long career but rather id likely just do my 5 years and then start a career somewhere else. My question is do you think it is worth it for me to go to the Legion if only for 5 years or should I simply try and begin a career elsewhere straight after I leave school.

Also as an added question, one thing I'm a pretty lazy guy and I can be quite quick to complain when things go south. This is something I wanna change and part of me hopes it would change if I faced challenges of military life. Could you let me know from you guys' experiences if this is the case, be as brutal as you need to be because I need to hear it :)

cheers guys
 
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LJD,

Welcome to the forum. If the FFL is going to be your route then pay attention to those in Green, for they have served with fidelity and honoured their contacts. If you are looking for adventure close to home, then go RM or Paras. I know both well.
PM me for any private info on either.
 
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My advice is if joining the British Army join one of the Corps. Engineers, Reme, Royal siganals. Something you can use later on. You can still do the Commando course & P Company Para with the Engineers etc. No real call for Infantry outside the Military. If Going Legion i would do the same Engineers , 1 REG i believe they also have Para trained or marine trained guys too as they must operate with other units. Also there is the 1 REC the Cavalry. Depends where your heart lies. Some want the REP because of its reputation and training... each to his own.
 

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Hi everyone,
Im 17 and am thinking about time in the military and whether it be the legion or British military is undecided. I don't want a long career but rather id likely just do my 5 years and then start a career somewhere else. my question is do you think it is worth it for me to go to the legion if only for 5 years or should I simply try and begin a career elsewhere straight after I leave school.

Also as an added question, one thing im a pretty lazy guy and I can be quite quick to complain when things go south. this is something I wanna change and part of me hopes it would change if I faced challenges of military life. Could you let me know from you guys' experiences if this is the case, be as brutal as you need to be because I need to hear it :)

cheers guys
Change the being lazy part before trying to join the Legion.:mad:
 
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Change the being lazy part before trying to join the Legion.:mad:
Yeah to be fair I doubt it will serve me well should I join, I think its more of an attitude problem with me because when it comes to fitness im not too bad its just I think I have a problem of doing the bare minimum I need to if its not something I enjoy
 
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LJD,

Sexpert has a very valid point. If you join the Armed Forces it is better to learn a trade that can be utilised for civilian life.

If you decide on short time service and want a very physical and demanding challenge, like me years ago, then try something hard. That also can assist you in civilian life.

Leaving on full pension as simply a former infanteer you do not have much to offer except according to your rank possibly management skills.

As Volt said if you don't stop a lazy attitude you will not succeed in any Army.
 

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(...) One thing, I'm a pretty lazy guy and I can be quite quick to complain (...)
Hello LJD and welcome to the forum. To be quite honest – and I believe I'm being honest here – I don't think that the Legion are recruiting lazy complainers at the moment. I believe that, even today, the Legion is looking for hard working people who will shut their big complaining mouths and get on with the f*cking job !
That being said why not try out your local TA regiment and get a first hand idea of what the military is like. It isn't the same as the regulars, but you may well enjoy it.
 
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Hello LJD and welcome to the forum. To be quite honest – and I believe I'm being honest here – I don't think that the Legion are recruiting lazy complainers at the moment. I believe that, even today, the Legion is looking for hard working people who will shut their big complaining mouths and get on with the f*cking job !
That being said why not try out your local TA regiment and get a first hand idea of what the military is like. It isn't the same as the regulars, but you may well enjoy it.
thanks a lot for this, im gonna try and get my sh$t together before I go wherever it may be. once I get out of my cushy life at home and school and get in the real world I think I'll be able to get that motivation my lazy arse needs
 
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Well, in my legion, which is a long time ago by now, we took all kinds, from my memory, a German banker’s son from Hamburg, a couple of Italian thieves, a few Hungarian revolutionaries, a Danish beer specialist, another Dane, more Germans than you could throw a stick at. And we all got along together, no problem.
 

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Well, in my legion, which is a long time ago by now, we took all kinds, from my memory, a German banker’s son from Hamburg, a couple of Italian thieves, a few Hungarian revolutionaries, a Danish beer specialist, another Dane, more Germans than you could throw a stick at. And we all got along together, no problem.
That was the legion then. Not sure what’s is now?
 

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Well, in my legion, which is a long time ago by now, we took all kinds, from my memory, a German banker’s son from Hamburg, a couple of Italian thieves, a few Hungarian revolutionaries, a Danish beer specialist, another Dane, more Germans than you could throw a stick at. And we all got along together, no problem.
That's beauty of legion. Situation is similar today. Maybe this forum isn't best representer of Legionnaires structure today because its limited on Anglo mafia and couple of us who speak English (somewhat :))
If we looking at Cervens typical legionnaire today would be American with dishonorable discharge (nothing against you guys), but in reality structure is much more diverse.
a couple of Italian thieves
Who will guess. :) . Do you also had Scots who drank? :)
 

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American with dishonorable discharge (nothing against you guys)
Dusa, it's not considered nowadays a dishonorable discharge to ask to go civil. I'll keep my personal opinons on these people to my self.
In earlier days, you signed your contract (in French) for 5 years and you respected it.
 

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@LJD "I'm a pretty lazy guy and I can be quite quick to complain when things go south "

Unless you change as you get older you`d be best avoiding any military service , try getting a job in a supermarket or the likes.
 

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Ah, take advice for what it is, it's mostly people using the hindsight on their own life and hoping it somehow benefits yours.
Respect it but take it with a pinch of salt.

Right, now that's out the way, here is my advice/hindsight.

Get a f*cking education. I am in my mid thirties now and I am still working away from home, earning less than my colleagues. Be under no illusion, this sucks.

so if I was 17 again i'd-

Go to college and learn some sort of useful trade, whether it was IT, pilot or carpentry etc
Join some tough reserve unit like RMR or 4Para (to get it out my system)
Invest.

There you go, that's my tuppence worth. Do what you want. All the best young man.
 
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Ah, take advice for what it is, it's mostly people using the hindsight on their own life and hoping it somehow benefits yours.
Respect it but take it with a pinch of salt.

Right, now that's out the way, here is my advice/hindsight.

Get a f*cking education. I am in my mid thirties now and I am still working away from home, earning less than my colleagues. Be under no illusion, this sucks.

so if I was 17 again i'd-

Go to college and learn some sort of useful trade, whether it was IT, pilot or carpentry etc
Join some tough reserve unit like RMR or 4Para (to get it out my system)
Invest.

There you go, that's my tuppence worth. Do what you want. All the best young man.
Mid thirties is not old, you can still go to University or try for the Legion👍
 
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Ah, take advice for what it is, it's mostly people using the hindsight on their own life and hoping it somehow benefits yours.
Respect it but take it with a pinch of salt.

Right, now that's out the way, here is my advice/hindsight.

Get a f*cking education. I am in my mid thirties now and I am still working away from home, earning less than my colleagues. Be under no illusion, this sucks.

so if I was 17 again i'd-

Go to college and learn some sort of useful trade, whether it was IT, pilot or carpentry etc
Join some tough reserve unit like RMR or 4Para (to get it out my system)
Invest.

There you go, that's my tuppence worth. Do what you want. All the best young man.
uni is still an option for me and I think if I go that route I'll go British army/marines as an officer

thanks for the advice
 

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