How does the 2 REP (FFL) compare to the British Paras?

The majority of 2 REP is currently deployed on operations, but the remainder the "Base Arriere" remains busy. The regiment provided ceremonial detachments for 11 November parades at several locations in Corsica. The following are some photographs of various personnel:

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A young Lieutenant in ceremonial dress, probably recently posted in, as the only decoration he is wearing is the Medaille de la Defense National in bronze.

Compare this to this Sergent in service (walking out) dress with several decoration ribbons:
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Or to the Lieutenant-Colonel in ceremonial dress:
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And here is a good shot of a typical Legionnaire:
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All pictures are from the Regimental Facebook page.

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Training continues and here we have a routine jump from 300m by elements of the First Company out of a CASA CN-235:

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The majority of 2 REP is currently deployed on operations, but the remainder the "Base Arriere" remains busy. The regiment provided ceremonial detachments for 11 November parades at several locations in Corsica. The following are some photographs of various personnel:

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A young Lieutenant in ceremonial dress, probably recently posted in, as the only decoration he is wearing is the Medialle de la Defense National in bronze.

Compare this to this Sergent in service (walking out) dress with several decoration ribbons:
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Or to the Lieutenant-Colonel in ceremonial dress:
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And here is a good shot of a typical Legionnaire:
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All pictures are from the Regimental Facebook page.
I seem to recognise two of the Colonel's medals, Bosnia and Kosovo?
So what is the one that the young looie is wearing?
The Sargeant's walking out dress looks smarter than the young officer's ceremonial.
 
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I seem to recognise two of the Colonel's medals, Bosnia and Kosovo?
So what is the one that the young looie is wearing?
As mentioned in the post: Medaille de la Defense National (in bronze). Affectionately nicknamed the MDC or "Medaille de Chocolat" by the professional troops when it first came out as an initiative by Mitterand's socialist government to reward the one-year conscript troops with a points based medal. As French acronyms often are English ones backwards (ref OTAN/NATO) some Brits in the Legion at the time called it the CDM or Cadbury's Dairy Milk.

Later versions appeared in silver and gold echelons with appropriatedly coloured stripes on the edges of the ribbons. These are harder to get but usually Sous-Officiers (Sgts/SSgts equivalents) will obtain the silver and Sous-Officiers Superieurs (Sgt-Maj's/ WOs equivalents) and the top right ribbon on the tunic of the "Sergent" is an example of the Medaille de la Defence Nationale in silver.
 
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How tall do you stand proud when you here the Legion March? as compared to a British Army march?

Asking for a friend. :)
Still stand to attention when singing the Legion's "Le Boudin" or my Regimental March (2 REP's "La Legion Marche").
 
As mentioned in the post: Medaille de la Defense National (in bronze). Affectionately nicknamed the MDC or "Medaille de Chocolat" by the professional troops when it first came out as an initiative by Mitterand's socilaist government to reward the one-year conscript troops with a points based medal. As French acronyms often are English ones backwards (ref OTAN/NATO) the Brits in the Legion at the time called it the CDM or Cadbury's Dairy Milk.

Later versions appeared in silver and gold echelons with appropriatedly coloured stripes on the edges of the ribbons. These are harder to get but usually Sous-Officiers (Sgts/SSgts equivalents) will obtain the silver and Sous-Officiers Superieurs (Sgt-Mjrs/ WOs equivalents) and The top right ribbon on the tunic of the "Sergent" is an example of the Medialle de la Defence Nationale in silver.
I wasn't particularly clear, I was curious about awarding of the medal. A kind of long service(ish) medal, then?
 
@Condottiere
decisions, decisions...

That is the march of the Polish Infantry the "Piechota". I sang that one around the campfire as a kid with the Polish Scouting Organisation in Exile (when we were being indoctrinated in Polish history, the continuous Soviet (Russian) menace and martial values).
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Polish Scouts during the Warsaw Uprising. This was the ideal to aspire to.

Polish Scouts and Guides at a recent ceremony at the Katyn Memorial in Gunnersbury Cemetery in London
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Listening to the stories of my forebears and their peers, belonging to the Polish Scouts in exile (and the CCF at school) all led to my choice of vocation.
 
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I wasn't particularly clear, I was curious about awarding of the medal. A kind of long service(ish) medal, then?
Yes sort of. Though as the points system was designed as something to aim for, for one year conscripts; most professional soldiers get awarded the bronze level as a matter of course by about a year's service.

I was serving when it was instituted in the early eighties and I seem to recall that there was a dispensation for the Legion on disciplinary matters with Legionnaires being able to get the medal despite having done jail time.
 
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That is the march of the Polish Infantry the "Piechota". I sang that one around the campfire as a kid with the Polish Scouting Organisation in Exile (when we were being indoctrinated with anti-Sovietism and martial values).
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Polish Scouts during the Warsaw Uprising. This was the ideal to aspire to.

Polish Scouts and Guides at a rexcent ceremony at the Katyn Memorial in Gunnersbury Cemetery in London
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What a waste of life - she was a beautiful girl, sure the boys would have contributed too. Poland has gone through far too much, much like the Baltics, I fear it has not ended.

Well, tomorrow is the the Celebration of Independence in Latvia and for sure, this song will be sung...

 
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Deployed on Ops - Note the badge on the right upper arm. It is that of the GTIA Altor - a Battle Group based around a 2 REP HQ and sub-units, with supporting elements attached.

Pic culled from the editorial of the current issue of Kepi Blanc magazine. No further details known.
 
Those GROM lads are quite tasty.
I’ve visited their base and had a “capability demonstration”. To say they are intense is an understatement.
 
I’ve visited their base and had a “capability demonstration”. To say they are intense is an understatement.
When GROM was set up (early 90’s) there was a lot of input and cross-training with UK and US SF units. This developed and led to working together in SF TFs on Ops in various places.
 

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