CCH 1ere classe has been in existence for about 20 years or so as a way to distinguish the most senior CCH.“Caporal Chef de Premier Classe” sounds like a total abortion! I wonder why they decided to make that distinction and what purpose it serves?
Paging @fantassin for a comment if possible?
As for the CT1 going I had heard that that whole system had been rejigged/replaced/renamed by the French Army.
It used to be that for professional (I.e. not conscripted) non-commissioned personnel there were three levels of military/command (CM) and technical (CT) skills that usually had to be achieved for promotion. The two combined at each level to give the holder a professional military brevet (BMP). The levels were “elementary”, “one” and “two”. So the courses were CME/CTE for BMPE and promotion to “Caporal”. CM1/CT1 for BMP1 and promotion to “Sergent” and CM2/CT2 for BMP2 and promotion to “Sergent-Chef”.
The various professional military trades were given number designations. For example “00“ was general military/infantry skills and every one in the Legion doing a "Peloton des Caporaux" (i.e. a Corporals’ Course) did a combined CME/CTE 00. Then (usually some time later if in an infantry unit) individuals could do another CTE in another trade, in my case I did a CTE 03 which was “Transmissions” (i.e. Signals) and qualified as a Radio Telegraphist.
To advance further up the promotion ladder I could aim for the BMP1 and promotion to "Sergent". For this I could go one of two ways do the CM1 and then either the CT1 00 or CT1 03. Often it happened in the Legion that as the CT1 00 automatically followed on from the CM1, even if someone was looking at specialising in a trade, they would still do the CT1 00 , then later the relevant other CT1. Then they would still have two pathways open to me for further promotion
Or, I could just do the CT1 03 and become a Caporal-Chef specialising in that trade only and progress upwars only through the Caporal-Chef grades.
Of course there were some snazzy badges that went along with each course.
But was that just a special deal for coming top of the "Peloton" and getting a senior grade of Caporal-Chef or was that specifically explained in the book that it applied to all the Caporaux Chefs. Certainly at the time I was serving (from 1981) junior Caporaux-Chefs wore white kepis and it seemed that it an established tradition and not something that had been recently instigatedI may be misremembering, but I certainly recall that in his book, after completing his Corporals' Course and coming top - and being promoted CCH as a result - there was a big deal about his getting to wear a kepi noir.
You're far more likely to be right than I am, I haven't read the book for many years and it didn't register that hard when I did.But was that just a special deal for coming top of the "Peloton" and getting a senior grade of Caporal-Chef or was that specifically explained in the book that it applied to all the Caporaux Chefs. Certainly at the time I was serving (from 1981) junior Caporaux-Chefs wore white kepis and it seemed that it an established tradition and not something that had been recently instigated
So, you will know the restraunt de 2 mille villas?We did a short version of that course as our tour in Bangui was cut short for operational deployment on Op Manta.
Do you mean the All Ranks Mess in the Camp de Mille Villas (The Camp of the Thousand Villas)? Where we were based? It had a very old-school colonial atmosphere.So, you will know the restraunt de 2 mille villas?
Near / next to the airport
Bob Denard was there recruiting when I was
I was just passing thru on escort at the time...the regiment were based in Bouar, under the command of Colonel François