60 year old and still serving: French foreign Legion Cpl


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60 year old Cpl's?
Have you been on any RAF stations they're 10 a penny
Normally found droning on about Lightnings,Shackeltons and Singapore

Well done to him though how long do you have to do to qualify for that nice home in the mountains that the old boys go to ?
lukethebootneck said:
The guy's obviously tough as old boots but 60 years and still a corporal... Has to be a bit dense in the upstairs department. Good effort though.
If he enjoy's what he does who gives a ****?, not everything's about getting ahead....
Mr_Deputy said:
He'd probably joined at 20 then taken/accepted French nationality at 40 years old - planning a nice retirement in les Alps Maritimes - and now is paying back about 20 years of back-taxes as a result of his decision to become French.
Actually is he french (his name is Yves Parret) and has joined when he was already nearly 40 years of age (40 is the limit to join the Legion).

I know you can change your ID in the Legion but if he was a foreigner he would have been given a name in line with his origins.
It's completely normal; having joined at 36, there was no way he was going to be promoted to NCO rank because it would have been impossible for him to do a normal NCO carreer having started so late.

There are three carreer paths in the FFL:

-fast (NCO in 3,5 to 4 years)
-normal (NCO in 6-8 years)
-enlisted for ever (CCH or BCH after 6-8 years)


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Bravo_Bravo said:
Il y a eu la depuis vingt ans

Est-ce que il y a quellqu'un ici qui parle Francais?

wanders off and falls over, muttering Pernod, Pernod...
Tiens, mais si...comme une vache Espagnol :)

( A bas avec Pernod - pastis pour les rosbifs.....Ricard, 51, Duval ! )

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