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

The 2021 recruitment target for the eight major combat units (six deployable and two based overseas) of the Foreign Legion has been announced to be for 1300 Legionnaires.
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Given that on average there is one successful recruit for every eight candidates, about 10,400 potential recruits will be processed through Aubagne, that’s an average of 200 a week, every week. And a training squad of about 50, starting every fortnight at Castelnaudary.
 
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Initial ground training on the current static line 'chute and container for a new "Promo" in 2 REP. Note the yellow triangle on the helmet and the yellow DZ patch on the left sleeve. This is the DZ patch of the Command and Logistics Company, which has the "Services Aeriens" under its wing (pun intended) which deal with all airborne aspects of the Regiment's mission.
 
The 1er REC has opened a website for its forthcoming Centenary in 2021


I was surprised to see that the REC styles itself as "the oldest regiment of the French army" which is pushing violently the boundaries of reality...

The oldest is the 1er RI (traditions dating back to 1479)
 
The 1er REC has opened a website for its forthcoming Centenary in 2021


I was surprised to see that the REC styles itself as "the oldest regiment of the French army" which is pushing violently the boundaries of reality...

The oldest is the 1er RI (traditions dating back to 1479)
Didn't they have a large number of Russian aristocrats serving in its ranks when it was formed? Noblemen who had served in the White Army during the Russian Revolution.

I take it that they only exist to 'add tone to what would otherwise be just a vulgar braw.'
 
Didn't they have a large number of Russian aristocrats serving in its ranks when it was formed? Noblemen who had served in the White Army during the Russian Revolution.

I take it that they only exist to 'add tone to what would otherwise be just a vulgar braw.'

Yes they did. A number of russian nobles served in the Legion after 1917. Some went on to great careers like Amilakvari (KIA), Roumiantzoff or Andolenko.
 
The 1er REC has opened a website for its forthcoming Centenary in 2021


I was surprised to see that the REC styles itself as "the oldest regiment of the French army" which is pushing violently the boundaries of reality...

The oldest is the 1er RI (traditions dating back to 1479)
Ah, here's the catch:
Le 1er Régiment étranger de cavalerie n’a jamais connu ni dissolution, ni changement de nom, ni de rupture de service ce qui en fait aujourd’hui le plus ancien régiment à l’ordre de bataille de l’Armée française en termes de continuité.
The 1 REC is claiming that every other regiment on the current French Orbat is either younger or has been subject to disbandment, change of name / amalgamation or rupture of service. It is the oldest regiment in terms of continuous service.

Somewhat legalistic in its interpretation, I would agree.
 
In a publicity video, Major (Senior WO1 equivalent) Gerald, the Foreign Legion's chief physical training instructor, put the French MMA fighter "Gregory Bouchelaghem" aka "GregMMA" through his paces:
Variations on this theme are used on the close combat courses, other courses and in the selection phase for various specialist sub-units of the Legion such as the GCP.
 
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2 REP's own "Monument aux Morts" on the parade square at Camp Raffalli. Picture from recent official 2 REP social media.
 
Ah, here's the catch:

The 1 REC is claiming that every other regiment on the current French Orbat is either younger or has been subject to disbandment, change of name / amalgamation or rupture of service. It is the oldest regiment in terms of continuous service.

Somewhat legalistic in its interpretation, I would agree.

While celebrating its first Century....

:)
 
While celebrating its first Century....

:)
It's just not cricket. Typical of a regiment set up to remove troublesome Russians from making hay in post-WW1 Paris. :)
 
A Képi blanc cutting from September 1995 explaining how a 2°REI Caporal shot up a 82 mm mortar and its crew in the Hadzici area near Sarajevo.

The distance was 2,030 m and the rifle a Mc Millan M87R in 0,50 calibre.

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