Joining | French Foreign Legion Information (2022)

Welcome to the information page on how to join the French Foreign Legion. Please note that the ONLY way to join the Foreign Legion is to travel to mainland France (in Europe) and knock on the door of one of the Foreign Legion recruiting centers and offices. There is NO OTHER WAY! No online applications, no letters of invitation, no French embassy’s forms are offered to join the French Foreign Legion. Keep it in mind.

Regarding the current COVID-19 situation, follow these instructions:

1. Recruitment is still open and running.

2. If you are NOT vaccinated, go directly to Aubagne.

3. Since late January 2022, a PCR test no older than 24 hours (a printed certificate) is required to enter the Foreign Legion recruting centers, until further notice.

4. To avoid all possible awkward issues when trying to enter France, each candidate should call the French embassy in his country to get proper information about the current COVID-19 rules being valid for him when willing to travel to France.

5. Check this official COVID-19 FAQ page (in English) of the French diplomacy to read all advices for foreigners willing to travel to France. Spanish, German and Russian versions are included.

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

Joining the Foreign Legion: Introduction

The French Foreign Legion accepts recruits from all over the world. The recruitment officially runs 24/7/365 (yes, you can join every day, all year long)

As a candidate/volunteer, you will be enlisted as a single person, even if you are married. The first contract you sign is mandatory for 5 years.

The entire recruiting and selection process takes usually 2 to 4 weeks (the exact period depends on each candidate). The process starts when you pass your passport to a serving legionnaire in a recruiting center or in an information office (see full list below).

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The process ends when you are officially accepted or rejected. During the whole period — from passing the passport to a legionnaire until your acceptance or rejection — free accommodation, free food, and free clothing are provided to you by the Legion.

The candidates having passed all the tests are officially accepted or rejected every working Thursday afternoon. As a volunteer, you are allowed to ask to go home every morning during the entire selection process.

Foreign Legion recruitment: Table of Contents

  1. Entry Requirements
  2. Entry Tests
  3. What to take with you to the Foreign Legion
  4. Getting a visa to France
  5. Tattoo policy in the Foreign Legion
  6. Recruiting centers: Where to enlist
  7. Career in the French Foreign Legion
  8. Pay in the Foreign Legion
  9. FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

French Foreign Legion: Entry Requirements

What DOES matter when joining the Legion

  • to be a man between 17.5 and 39.5 years – read more here:
    Age limits for joining the French Foreign Legion
  • to have a valid ID (identity document)
    • ID Card or Passport for recruits from the European Union (EU)
    • Passport for recruits from all over the world
  • to have a verified copy of your birth certificate (translated into English or French)
    – the verified copy cannot be older than 6 months while enlisting
    – you are allowed to enlist in the Legion without the certificate as well, nonetheless, the document will facilitate your engagement
  • to be NOT wanted by Interpol (murders, drug trafficking, or other really serious crimes are NOT tolerated…)
  • to be physically fit to serve anywhere in the world and in any season (heat, cold), for at least 5 years
  • to be able to write and read in your native language
  • to have BMI between 18 and 30 – read more about body mass index requirements:
    Height and weight requirements for joining the French Foreign Legion

What DOES NOT matter when joining the Legion

  • your citizenship (whether you’re a Brazilian, Indian, Russian, Japanese, etc…) doesn’t matter
  • your race origin doesn’t matter
  • your religion doesn’t matter
  • your ignorance of the French language doesn’t matter
  • your educational background doesn’t matter
  • your qualifications doesn’t matter
  • your social status doesn’t matter
  • your professional status doesn’t matter
  • your civil status (single, married, divorced) doesn’t matter
  • your previous military or non-military background doesn’t matter

French Foreign Legion: Entry Tests

Psycho-technical tests

  • IQ tests
  • Personality tests

Sports tests

  • Beep test (Luc léger in French), also Multi-stage fitness test; a rhythmic running between two points that are 20 meters apart from side to side; running speed is determined by audio beeps at set intervals, with increasing frequency – you have to complete at least 5 levels officially (better do 7 levels)
  • Swimming – you have to swim at least 25 meters, without any support or safety equipment
  • Pull-ups (doing with straight arms) – no more elimination part of tests, officially; however, still an important element of the selection

Medical tests

  • you will pass a thorough medical examination
  • for eyesight/vision requirements, read here:
    Eyesight: French Foreign Legion vision requirements
  • be sure you have healthy teeth (or treated)
    • maximum number of missing teeth allowed is 4 to 6 (depending on the condition of the other teeth)
    • proportion of your completely healthy teeth must be at least 40% or more
  • provide medical documentation concerning your previous surgical operation to reassure the medical staff that you are now completely fit and that the procedure had no negative side-effects – otherwise you risk being sent to a hospital in Marseille to get this documentation at your own expense
  • provide medical documentation (medical certificate) concerning your previous serious health issues to reassure the medical staff that you currently have no permanent effects (or recurring difficulties) as a result of that issues
Examples of the reasons for disqualification
  • tuberculosis
  • hepatitis
  • cancer
  • HIV
  • diabetes
  • overload weight
  • a psychiatric disorder during treatment
  • to have very poor eyesight (see the post linked above)
  • bad hearing (you will pass a hearing test – it tests your sense of hearing by using an audiometer)
  • total loss of a finger
  • laxity (instability) of the knee
  • recurrent dislocation of the patella
  • hernia recovery with after-effects (recurrent hernia problems)

What to take with you to the French Foreign Legion

The number-one rule in packing for an enlistement in the Foreign Legion is to pack light.

What you HAVE TO take with you

  • all documents already stated above (ID card, …)
  • 3 x T-shirts, 3 x briefs/slips and 3 x pairs of socks
  • a pair of running shoes
  • about 10-50 euros
  • toiletries/personal care:
    • soap/shower gel
    • razor + shaving cream
    • toothbrush
    • toothpaste
    • bath towel
    • bath shoes/slippers

What you SHOULDN’T take with you

  • computer/laptop/tablet
  • camera
  • big amount of money (300+ euros/400+ USD)
  • credit cards
  • valuables, jewellery

What you MUST NOT take with you

  • weapons: gun, knife…
  • car or motorcycle keys
  • house keys

Getting a visa to France

Traveling expenses and getting visa (if you need it) are YOUR responsibility.

If you need a visa to travel to France, apply for a tourist visa (or a short stay visa).

To get the visa, see France Diplomatie – Getting a visa. The page is in English and contains all the necessary information.

Tattoo policy in the French Foreign Legion

For more detailed information about the tattoo policy in the Foreign Legion see:
French Foreign Legion Tattoo and Tattoo Policy

Recruiting centers: Where to enlist in the Foreign Legion

You must travel at your own expense to continental France, in Europe. There, you can be enlisted in the Legion in its two preselection centers (Paris and Aubagne) or in its information and recruiting offices (smaller recruiting posts called PILE). These centers are usually open all year round and all day long, even on weekends and holidays. That means you can enlist in the Legion every day of the year. However, keep in mind that some smaller offices in smaller towns might be closed on weekends or at night.

Once you are allowed to enlist — which refers to once your passport/ID and clothes are taken away — free accommodation, free food, and free clothing are immediately provided to you by the Legion.

Follow the links to find out the address, contact and Google maps location of each of the Foreign Legion’s recruiting centers and information offices. Once again, note that these are the only places where you can enlist in the French Foreign Legion.

Foreign Legion preselection centers

  • Paris
  • Aubagne

You might stay up to 10 days in the preselection center in Paris, before joining the main selection process that takes place in Aubagne, the Legion HQ (yes, the second preselection center and the main selection center of the Legion are based there).

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Foreign Legion recruiting offices belonging to Paris
  • Lille
  • Nantes
  • Strasbourg

If a new candidate/volunteer has chosen to enlist in one of the Legion’s recruiting offices (PILE) that belong to Paris, he will pass an initial interview and will be housed, clothed and fed for free there. Within 7 days, these candidates are sent with a free train ticket to Paris to join an initial preselection.

Foreign Legion recruiting offices belonging to Aubagne
  • Bordeaux
  • Lyon
  • Nice
  • Perpignan
  • Toulouse

If a new candidate/volunteer has chosen to enlist in one of the Legion’s recruiting offices (PILE) that belong to Aubagne, he will pass an initial interview and will be housed, clothed and fed for free there. Within 7 days, these candidates are sent with a free train ticket to Aubagne to join an initial preselection and, if they pass it, the crucial selection process.

Career in the French Foreign Legion

Any legionnaire can build a successful career regardless of their school diplomas and professional or civilian qualifications. You will be able to succeed thanks to military or technical examinations completed throughout your service. If you want to fulfill your potential and if you are motivated, hard-working, and serious, the following careers are possible.

Combat specialities

  • sniper
  • tank driver
  • paratrooper
  • sapper
  • machine gunner
  • anti-tank rocket launcher
  • armored vehicle driver
  • and other…

Administration

  • secretary
  • accountant
  • data-processing support
  • computer support
  • and other…

Signals

  • radio operator
  • radio mechanic
  • telephone exchange operator
  • and other…

Control

  • light vehicle driver
  • truck driver
  • articulated truck driver
  • bus driver
  • dredge driver
  • and other…

Maintenance

  • mechanic
  • electrician
  • welder
  • painter
  • small arms expert
  • and other…

Miscellaneous

  • paramedic
  • data processing specialist
  • physical education instructor
  • graphic designer
  • musician
  • photographer
  • cook
  • and other…

25% of legionnaires will become non-commissioned officers (N.C.O.). All NCOs in the Legion started as simple legionnaires (except for a few NCOs, nicknamed cadres blancs, coming from the French Army and assigned to Legion regiments as well-trained specialists).

10% of Legion officers started their career as simple legionnaires and worked their way up through the ranks.

Pay in the French Foreign Legion

A legionnaire (as well as a corporal) is housed, clothed, fed, and medically cared for free.

Your salary depends upon your rank, qualifications, place of service, and years of service.

Foreign Legion pay examples (the most basic salary dating back to 2010; they are increased by 8-10 % now):

RANKSERVICE1°RE2°REP *3°REI **Foreign theater ***
Legionnaire10 months1205 €1460 €1433 €3567 €
Caporal03 years1226 €1480 €1452 €3626 €
Caporal-chef10 years1303 €1607 €1600 €3939 €
Sergent07 years1351 €1648 €1650 €3929 €
Sergent-chef10 years1779 €2095 €1945 €4186 €
Adjudant17 years2007 €2140 €2180 €4748 €
Adjudant-chef21 years2078 €2427 €2477 €4818 €
  • * Parachute bonus
  • ** Overseas allowance (French territories)
  • *** Foreign theater operations – Overseas allowance (abroad)

Note that in the pay examples, various tax deductions are already included.

As of 2018, you could start collecting a regular retirement pension after 17 years and 6 months of honorable service.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q: Do I need to speak French to join the French Foreign Legion?
A: No. In fact, the vast majority of candidates do not speak French.

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2. Q: What are my chances of getting selected?
A: You will only be selected if you are good enough for the Legion, and it is the Legion itself who decides who is good enough to be selected. For about 100 candidates applying to serve in the Legion, only 10-15 are accepted. So, you have to be better than the other candidates in all aspects to get a chance — NOT the right — to be selected. There are no “bring this or that, pass this or that, make this or that” tricks to get accepted. The candidates are selected by a commission consisting of around 15 members of the Legion’s HQ who verify all of the individual aspects and results of each candidate. Then, the majority of these senior members have to reach a consensus and vote in favor or against a candidate’s acceptance in the Legion.

3. Q: Are there any tricks to pass the tests and get into the Legion?
A: As already stated in point 2, there are no tricks to get accepted. The selection process is far more extensive and does not only reflect meeting the basic tests. It focuses on your entire personality, including your real behavior, real attitude, and real motivation. The Legion must want you. If it does, then, you will be selected.

4. Q: Why do I get a new identity?
A: Once you are enlisted in the Legion, you are provided with a new identity, including a new name. That applies to all candidates, without distinction. After one year of service, you can ask to get your real identity back. This process is referred to as RSM (rectification, or recognizing in English). You can obtain your real identity back within 1-3 years. If you are in trouble with the law/police at home, you can keep your new identity during the service.

5. Q: How can I contact my family once I’ve joined the Legion?
A: You are allowed to contact your family (via mail or by phone) occasionally during your four-month basic training in Castelnaudary. Once you are serving as an ordinary legionnaire in your respective regiment, you can contact your family by mail, phone, or through the internet whenever you have free time. Nevertheless, restrictive rules are applied for contacting your family during overseas deployments and operations.

6. Q: Do I have evenings, weekends, and holidays off in the Foreign Legion?
A: Once you’ve completed your four-month basic training, you are allowed to relax or leave your military base during your free time, and travel around France during weekends and holidays, if you are not on duty.

7. Q: Can I use mobile phones, laptops, or notebook computers?
A: Yes, the Legion is not a prison. After finishing your four-month basic training, you are allowed to buy this equipment and use them during your free time.

8. Q: Do I have annual leave (vacations/holidays)?
A: The Legion offers legionnaires 20 working days during their first year of service, 25 during their second year, and from the third year onward, you will be provided with 45 working days of annual leave (vacations/holidays) per year.

9. Q: How about the visa and plane tickets when joining the Legion?
A: The shortest French visa (for tourism) allows you to stay in the country for 90 days. It is your sole responsibility to find, pay, and obtain all required travel documents and visas (tourist or short-stay visa) for entering France. The Legion offers no refund, money, scholarship, online application, letter of invitation, or documents from the French embassy to help you get to France.

10. Q: Do I get a second (or third) chance to re-enter the selection process?
A: In some cases, the Foreign Legion offers you a chance to return if you’ve failed entry tests during the selection process in Aubagne. If the Legion gives you a second (or third) chance, you receive a document with the title “INAPTE TEMPORAIRE” stating that you can return after 3, 6, or 12 months. Who can return and after how many months is solely up to the Legion. If the Legion decides not to give you another chance, you will receive a document titled “INAPTE DEFINITIF.” That means the Legion is closed to you forever.

11. Q: Can I obtain French citizenship?
A: After 3 years of service, you can make a formal request for naturalization. You have to serve honorably and have to be “recognized person” (to serve under your real identity, recognized by the French government) to qualify for getting French citizenship. Be sure, however, that you have to serve more than five years (usually eight years) to be approved to obtain it. The second eventuality for naturalization/getting French citizenship is to get seriously wounded during a military operation.

12. Q: Can a foreign military deserter join the Foreign Legion?
A: Absolutely. The Legion does recruit those who have left other military.

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13. Q: Can I join the Foreign Legion if I don’t have any ID papers?
A: No. The passport or an ID card (for EU citizens) is required now.

14. Q: Can I choose my preferred regiment or company?
A: During the selection process and the four-month basic training, you are repeatedly asked to choose the regiment you would like to serve (except for the Mayotte Detachment, as this unit is reserved for senior legionnaires only). If you already have a chosen one when enlisting in the Legion, let the recruiters know about it. If you are consistent in your will and there is a spot for you, your demand could be accepted. On the other hand, you can’t choose your favorite company.

15. Q: How about choosing my preferred specialty?
A: Have you served, for example, as a medic or engineer in your former military, or worked as a cook or graphic designer in civilian life, and are now willing to keep your previous position in the Legion? Great! The recruiters will be happy as they know you already have experience and some needed skills.

16. Q: Can I bring a dictionary with me?
A: Absolutely. Take a good one with you, along with a book for self-learners to learn French.

17. Q: How about money?! Will I get cash, and if so, how can I keep it?
A: Once you are selected and about to leave for basic training, a bank account is established for you to receive monthly payments. You will also get a credit/debit card to withdraw money, associated with your new identity/new name, given to you by the Legion.

18. Q: How about sending money to my family back at home?
A: Not a problem. You can send them money every month. In fact, many legionnaires do so on a regular basis. Once in the regiment, just ask your more experienced compatriots how to do so the best way. If you represent a single nationality in the regiment (which is improbable), you can always ask your friends or corporal. However, there is usually a post office in the regiment which will best facilitate this purpose.

19. Q: Can I visit/see my family?
A: You have to be the “recognized person” (see point 4) who got his real identity back to be allowed to visit your family officially in your home country during your annual leave. If you are a “bad guy” with some troubles at home, just ask your family to visit you in France to meet together during your free time. They can also meet you at your regiment directly during holidays, like Camerone Day (April 30), which is open for public.

The French Foreign Legion offers you a chance to start a new life… Good luck!

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FAQs

Do you get a new identity when you join the French Foreign Legion? ›

With their old identities set aside, recruits join the legion under a declared identity -- a new name that they use during their first year of service.

How hard is it to get into French Foreign Legion? ›

All applicants absorb the Legion's culture during their Basic Training at the Fourth Foreign Infantry Regiment near Castelnaudary, in southern France. Légionnaires call it “The Farm”. 1400 men went through this legendary boot camp in 2021—a training so tough that only one in ten men passed the test.

How long do you have to serve in the Foreign Legion? ›

The initial contract is for 5 years. At the end of this first contract, the legionary can choose to continue his career by means of successive contracts whose duration varies between 6 months and 5 years.

How long is the French Foreign Legion training? ›

This training has the reputation of being the most difficult offered to Legionnaires in the French Army. The aim of this 8 weeks long training is to turn Legionnaires having real experience in the jungle into specialists who will be able to train other soldiers to survive in the equatorial forest.

Are tattoos allowed in the French Foreign Legion? ›

Tattoos are a long tradition within the Foreign Legion. In France, around 1900, only legionnaires, French soldiers from BILA African battalions (nicknamed the Bat'd'Af), mariners, and prisoners were well-known for being tattooed. So, there is no problem with you having a tattoo if you want to become a legionnaire.

Can you keep your Foreign Legion identity? ›

Not exactly a new identity, but that's how you could keep the name. If you apply for French citizenship, ask to change your name. Keep the name the Legion gave you when you joined , if you want or something else. You can do this in the UK too.

Does the French Foreign Legion see combat? ›

Throughout its long history since its inception on March 9, 1831, elements of the French Foreign Legion have engaged in combat on the behalf of France and its interests with distinction. The Foreign Legion has seen battle on five different continents against numerous foes.

Do you get leave in the French Foreign Legion? ›

A legionary is entitled to 45 days of leave per year (by agreement of the command). If he is not taken by the service his weekends are free. Any legionary under 5 years of service must wear the uniform during free time.

How much do you get paid in the French Foreign Legion? ›

It's not a simple question. As you will see, the pay is somewhere between 1300€ and 7000€.

What is the most elite unit in the French Foreign Legion? ›

3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

The most decorated regiment of the French Foreign Legion. It has been stationed at Quartier Commandant Forget in Kourou, French Guiana (South America), since September 1973…

Are French Foreign Legion mercenaries? ›

The members of the French Foreign Legion, likewise, are not mercenaries. It does happen that companies offer military expertise for hire: Executive Outcomes Pty. Ltd. is one known example.

Is the French Foreign Legion Elite? ›

French Foreign Legion, French Légion étrangère, an elite military force originally consisting of foreign volunteers in the pay of France but now comprising volunteer soldiers from any nation, including France, for service in France and abroad.

Does the French Foreign Legion accept females? ›

Well first you have to be a man – the Legion does not recruit women.

How much sleep do you get at basic training? ›

Most soldiers reported a reduction in sleep duration and quality since entering BCT, citing that they were used to sleeping an average of 8 to 9 hours at home, but averaged 5 to 6 hours per night in BCT.

What do you do in the French Foreign Legion? ›

The Legion is today known as a unit whose training focuses on traditional military skills and on its strong esprit de corps, as its men come from different countries with different cultures. Consequently, training is often described as not only physically challenging, but also very stressful psychologically.

What happens if you desert the French Foreign Legion? ›

According to an unofficial FFL information website: If a Legionnaire decides to desert, for the first two days he is "Absent". After seven days of being absent a Legionnaire would be declared a "Deserteur". There is a standard sentence of 40 days.

What can you bring to the French Foreign Legion? ›

What to take with you to the French Foreign Legion
  1. all documents already stated above (ID card, …)
  2. 3 x T-shirts, 3 x briefs/slips and 3 x pairs of socks.
  3. a pair of running shoes.
  4. about 10-50 euros.
  5. toiletries/personal care:
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Where is the French Foreign Legion located? ›

Until 1962 the Legion headquarters were stationed in Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria. Nowadays, some units of the Legion are in Corsica or overseas possessions, while the rest is in the south of mainland France. Current headquarters are in Aubagne, just outside Marseille.

Did Legionaries have tattoos? ›

It is possible that tattoos also appeared in the Roman army. For example, probably all legionaries and some auxiliary troops (auxilia) who served on Hadrian's wall had tattoos.

Why do French Foreign Legion carry axes? ›

The Legion Pionniers distinguish themselves by their specific and unique dress uniform : Axe (French: Hache): serves to destroy obstacles of wood dressed by the enemy.

Can I join French Foreign Legion with glasses? ›

For visual perception evaluation is used the letter Y (yeux – eyes in French). It ranges from 0 to 6. The general eyesight degree required for joining the French Army (and so the Legion) ranges from 1 (the best result) to 5. The 6 signifies you are failed.

What gun does the French Foreign Legion use? ›

PA MAC 50. PA MAC 50 (Pistolet Automatique – Automatic pistol) is a standard semi-automatic pistol (also known as the MAS 50) used by the Foreign Legion. It had been produced initially by Manufacture d'Armes de Chatellerault (MAC), thereafter by Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS).

Does America have a Foreign Legion? ›

A little-known fact is that some 30,000 non-citizens are already serving in the U.S. armed forces. Although they mostly come from developing countries, they are legal immigrants to the United States, have legal papers — and, for all intents and purposes, are little different from American-born soldiers.

Are the Foreign Legion special forces? ›

The French Foreign Legion aren't special forces, per se, but they maybe more closely align with U.S. Army Rangers. We are a first-reaction type force that will go in and take over an airport, for example. We aren't doing any sort of black ops, clandestine-type missions or whatever.

How long are French Foreign Legion deployments? ›

All of these deployments will last between four and six months.

Where is the Foreign Legion currently deployed? ›

Legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion's 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) are currently deployed to Estonia, a Baltic state in Northern Europe, for four months. They serve there as part of NATO's Baltic enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) to protect and reassure NATO's member state of its security.

What nationalities are in the French Foreign Legion? ›

Approximately 150 nationalities are today represented in the Legion: 25% of the Legionnaires come from the Slavic world and North Asia, 10% from Asia, 20% from Central Europe and the Balkans, 10% from Africa and the Arab world, 18% from Western Europe and North America, 6% from Latin America. Currently 11% are French.

How much height is required for France army? ›

Believe it or not, the Foreign Legion has NO height or weight requirements nor official limits. The only aspect the Legion takes into account is your Body Mass Index (BMI), which can simply be calculated using your height and weight.

Does the French Foreign Legion take felons? ›

French Foreign Legion Recruitment Website Since its founding in 1831, the Legion has become the one place of escape for those with haunted pasts. Men with criminal records, shady business dealings, or deserters from their home country's armies were accepted into the ranks, with no questions asked.

Can a French legionnaire become an officer? ›

For a legionnaire there are 3 ways to become an officer. 1 If you are sergeant and under 28 years old, having a university degree. You can pass the selection test for the officers course in the French army. You will be competing with the young Frenchmen who just came out of the university (very hard).

Can anyone join the French Foreign Legion? ›

The Legion will train you to become a soldier and a citizen. Can a French join the Foreign Legion? Yes. A French can join the Foreign Legion.

How much do mercenaries get paid? ›

Some mercenaries make $500 to $1,500 per day. Interrogators are rumored to make up to $14,000 per week. The salary ranges from $89,000 to $250,000 per year. Employer, experience, expertise, specialty, location, and danger potential ultimately determine the paycheck.

How much do Blackwater soldiers make? ›

Private military companies offer top wages to attract qualified applicants willing to carry out dangerous missions. For example, Blackwater contractor salary is estimated to fall between $9,000 and $22,500 a month, according to the Blackwaterusa.com website.

Is the Foreign Legion good? ›

Created in 1831, the French Foreign Legion has evolved is now one of the most effective units in the French military and always getting picked for no-notice deployments in hot spots around the world. "The French are good, and their Foreign Legion is top-notch.

What's the most elite military unit in the world? ›

United States Navy SEALs are perhaps the finest special operations forces in the world.

Can a girl join France army? ›

Women make up 8.55% of the total force. The female officer corps consists of 500 in the Army, 232 in the Navy, the Air Force with 348, the Gendarmerie with 33, and the Medical Service with 2,865. Women in the officer corps make up approximately 4.97%, NCOs - 8.86%, enlisted volunteers - 5.2%, and MDR - 9.89%.

What are the physical requirements to join the French Foreign Legion? ›

You will need to do at least four pull-ups, complete a 2800-meter (1.7 mile) run in 12 minutes and complete a Luc leger, or sprinting race with at least seven landings of 20 meters (22 yards). Enter into psychological and personality testing. This is a series of interviews.

How much do French Foreign Legion get paid? ›

It's not a simple question. As you will see, the pay is somewhere between 1300€ and 7000€.

Can criminals join the French Foreign Legion? ›

4. The Legion used to accept anyone — criminals and misfits especially — with no questions, but now there is a thorough screening process. Since its founding in 1831, the Legion has become the one place of escape for those with haunted pasts.

Does the French Foreign Legion accept females? ›

Well first you have to be a man – the Legion does not recruit women.

Is French Foreign Legion Elite? ›

French Foreign Legion, French Légion étrangère, an elite military force originally consisting of foreign volunteers in the pay of France but now comprising volunteer soldiers from any nation, including France, for service in France and abroad.

Is French Foreign Legion well trained? ›

Legionnaires are highly trained soldiers and the Legion is unique in that it is open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the French Armed Forces.
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Can I join French Foreign Legion with glasses? ›

For visual perception evaluation is used the letter Y (yeux – eyes in French). It ranges from 0 to 6. The general eyesight degree required for joining the French Army (and so the Legion) ranges from 1 (the best result) to 5. The 6 signifies you are failed.

What is the most elite unit in the French Foreign Legion? ›

3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

The most decorated regiment of the French Foreign Legion. It has been stationed at Quartier Commandant Forget in Kourou, French Guiana (South America), since September 1973…

Are French Foreign Legion mercenaries? ›

The members of the French Foreign Legion, likewise, are not mercenaries. It does happen that companies offer military expertise for hire: Executive Outcomes Pty. Ltd. is one known example.

What happens if you desert the French Foreign Legion? ›

According to an unofficial FFL information website: If a Legionnaire decides to desert, for the first two days he is "Absent". After seven days of being absent a Legionnaire would be declared a "Deserteur". There is a standard sentence of 40 days.

What crimes stop you joining the French Foreign Legion? ›

French Foreign Legion: Entry Requirements

to be NOT wanted by Interpol (murders, drug trafficking, or other really serious crimes are NOT tolerated…)

Where is the French Foreign Legion fighting now? ›

Legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion's 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) are currently deployed to Estonia, a Baltic state in Northern Europe, for four months. They serve there as part of NATO's Baltic enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) to protect and reassure NATO's member state of its security.

Why do French Foreign Legion carry axes? ›

The Legion Pionniers distinguish themselves by their specific and unique dress uniform : Axe (French: Hache): serves to destroy obstacles of wood dressed by the enemy.

What weapons do the French Foreign Legion use? ›

FAMAS F1. FAMAS (Fusil d'Assaut de la Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne – Assault rifle of the Weapons factory of Saint-Étienne) is the bullpup assault service rifle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in 1973. The Foreign Legion has been using the FAMAS since the early 1980s.

What nationalities are in the French Foreign Legion? ›

Approximately 150 nationalities are today represented in the Legion: 25% of the Legionnaires come from the Slavic world and North Asia, 10% from Asia, 20% from Central Europe and the Balkans, 10% from Africa and the Arab world, 18% from Western Europe and North America, 6% from Latin America. Currently 11% are French.

Can a girl join France army? ›

Women make up 8.55% of the total force. The female officer corps consists of 500 in the Army, 232 in the Navy, the Air Force with 348, the Gendarmerie with 33, and the Medical Service with 2,865. Women in the officer corps make up approximately 4.97%, NCOs - 8.86%, enlisted volunteers - 5.2%, and MDR - 9.89%.

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