to be between the age of 17 and 40 years old (Parental or
legal tutor authorization is required for minors),
to hold a valid official identity card,
to be physically fit for duty wherever he may be needed,
knowledge of the French language is not necessary because
it will be acquired during the contract.
The first contract is for five years
enlist in the French Foreign Legion, all volunteers must present
themselves in any recruiting office in France. Travel costs and
the eventual obtention of a visa are borne by the candidate and
no help whatsoever can be accorded by the French Foreign Legion.
If successful, after preliminary medical check-ups, the candidate
will be transfered to the selection center of the Legion Headquarters
in Aubagne (15 kms from Marseille) where he will undergo medical,
IQ and physical fitness tests.
If the candidate is successfull in passing the selection, he will
be asked to sign a five years unconditional contract to serve wherever
the French Foreign Legion needs him.
The unsuccessfull candidate is immediately returned to civilian
life to rejoin his country of origin without any financial aid.
The Initial Contract
For four months the young legionnaire will receive a basic military
instruction at the 4th Foreign Regiment located in Castelnaudary
after which, he will be posted to a regiment, depending on his capabilities
and the needs of the French Foreign Legion.
Promotion through the ranks will depend upon his physical capacities
as well as his IQ, service record and leadership abilities.