French Foreign Legionnaires in Afghanistan. (1280x960)


This Thank you For those not French that is speaking AA-52 Or just select English from the list of languages on the left... Ahh, ended up being on mobile. Then, ...



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  • Thank you
  • For those not speaking French, Google AA-52
  • Or just select English from the list of languages on the left...
  • Ahh, was on mobile.
  • Then, your language options are way down but they're available.
  • In English.
  • Is that why they're called Communists?
  • In Europe the comma represents a decimal place. So it's actually 9.970kg
  • How involved are these guys in the actual fighting? These days probably quite a bit as they will be the "advisers" trying to get the Afghan Army up and running. Outside of Afghanistan they were used in Mali and everywhere else France get's involved. They may have a weird recruitment process but they are treated as SF IIRC. Serving in the Legion grants you French Citizenship (or dual if you prefer) and they don't mind the odd petty crime on your record. It's also a good way for former french colonial immigrants to get full french passports by earning them in blood and sweat. Plus there sapper unit gets to march with axes and beards!
  • they are treated as SF Nope. The legionnaires that make it into SF are treated as SF, the rest are treated as lower than regular army.
  • I worked with the French in Kabul for a year up until the end of Pamir. This was the name of the French mission in Afghanistan. You're right in what you're saying, however, I'd add that the French don't really look down on the legion. There's a level of respect for their intensity and how they truly believe that the legion is their family.
  • Yes, I guess that the regular infantry man sees them as any other of his buddy risking their life. My statement was more about the way command sees the legion.
  • Why would they (the command) see them less than regular army tho? if they were why even bother with the legion?
  • They see them as less than regular because that's what they are. They're a bunch of (usually) former criminals from all over the world. They're not in the legion because they want to fight for the nation. They bother with them because they have a value that's pretty rare in 1st world armies: they're expendable. You can send legionnaires somewhere and have some of them die and no one is gonna cry over them. They also bother with them because of traditions, and the army sure loves its traditions.
  • They're a bunch of (usually) former criminals from all over the world. Man, you're actually wrong. it might have been right several decade ago, but totaday, any soldeir that join the army, be it regular army or FFL, have a security check and you need tpo provide your criminal records. The armyu will then check with your native country fi their nothing on you. They're not in the legion because they want to fight for the nation. Which is also wrong today. You have several interview to check why you want to join FFL, etc. Today we refuse a lot of people (only 12% are accepted) and a lot of soldiers don't ahve their contracts renewed. Next time you want to talk about something, try to check your info.
  • they are treated as SF IIRC Not all the unit, some are treated like SF (paradropped one for exemple) but most are just meat throw in the battle to old some point. From the High ranking point of view they are unit that can be treated like hsit and don't talk back. They are used to do high risk mission but low value objective ( except SF unit ), sometimes it's boderline suicide mission. Not so long ago they were dropped into battle without resuply point or escape way, just told to hold until told otherwise.
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