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

engr172

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Capitaine Ulm, in charge of mountain training for the 2°REG has died in a mountaineering exercise while preparing for the moniteur guide de haute montagne course.

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I saw this. Joined as a soldier, went officer training, if I read correctly.
 
I saw this. Joined as a soldier, went officer training, if I read correctly.
He enlisted in the French Regular Army and was sent to the SNCO Academy (in the French system there is a fast track for suitably qualified recruits). He specialised in Signals and was posted to the Mountain Troops as a Signals NCO. He later passed the entrance exams to go to Officer School and he chose to specialise in Combat Engineering and was posted to 2 REG.
 
Dunno if this has been here before. English language look at the Legion.

 
Dunno if this has been here before. English language look at the Legion.

I believe it has.

It's a bit dated (made sometime between 2000 and 2002), lots of changes since then. But even so there are quite a few inaccuracies in the report* and it is somewhat sensationalised.

The former American Legionnaire interviewed several times, I knew in 2 REP as "Keith". He was OK, seemed an intelligent, reasonable, relatively well-adjusted bloke. He was in the CEA (Support and Recce Company) while I was in the Third Herd, so we weren't that close, but he was one of the few English speakers as a first language in the Regiment when I got there, so I got to know hiim (by the time I left in 1986 there were probably over 400).

* It must grate a bit on the French Regulars that made up the bulk of the French "Divison Daguet" that was deployed on the left flank of the Allied assault to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis, to have the Legion units get all the credit.

But its all good publicity for the Legion.
 
Not 2 REP, but 1 REC. The Legion's Cavalry Regiment has recently inaugurated its own Commando and "Aguerrisement" (hard to translate but essentially a toughening up preparation for combat) Training Centre at Fort Mont-Rose near Marseille:

 
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I must not get caught beating up the Regulars. I must not get caught beating up the Regulars. I must not .......

NoDuff: Corporals on the Legion Sergeant's Cadre take their written exams under Covid-19 conditions.
 
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According to this clip, 1 REC will be getting the new Jaguar armoured vehicle in mid 2022.
Here being field tested by the French Army at the Mormelon training area.
 
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The latest "promotion" of Legion paratroopers have been awarded their wings. Here, standing in front of
2 REP's Monument to the Dead, the top course student reminds the rest of the Legionnaire's Honour Code:

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Just a gratuitous warry picture from the Foreign Legion recruitment web page.;)
 
A bit of physical training at 2 REP:
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From the Regimental instagram page.
 
I believe it has.

It's a bit dated (made sometime between 2000 and 2002), lots of changes since then. But even so there are quite a few inaccuracies in the report* and it is somewhat sensationalised.

The former American Legionnaire interviewed several times, I knew in 2 REP as "Keith". He was OK, seemed an intelligent, reasonable, relatively well-adjusted bloke. He was in the CEA (Support and Recce Company) while I was in the Third Herd, so we weren't that close, but he was one of the few English speakers as a first language in the Regiment when I got there, so I got to know hiim (by the time I left in 1986 there were probably over 400).

* It must grate a bit on the French Regulars that made up the bulk of the French "Divison Daguet" that was deployed on the left flank of the Allied assault to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis, to have the Legion units get all the credit.

But its all good publicity for the Legion.
I have seen that film & enjoyed it. There's also a film about training where the translator does all the voices differently for each character.
One of the best films I saw featured an Adjutant-Chef from (I think) 2 REI called Raubenheimer (spelling?) He was in his last year of service & hoped to win the Christmas crib competition. He spoke excellent English (& might have been British possibly). I wonder if he has left the Legion & if so, what he is doing now.
 
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I have seen that film & enjoyed it. There's also a film about training where the translator does all the voices differently for each character.
One of the best films I saw featured an Adjutant-Chef from (I think) 2 REI called Raubenheimer (spelling?) He was in his last year of service & hoped to win the Christmas crib competition. He spoke excellent English (& might have been British possibly). I wonder if he has left the Legion & if so, what he is doing now.
I have no idea.
Enjoying his considerable pension?
Perhaps Santa's Cribmeister-General at the North Pole? :cool:
 
I have no idea.
Enjoying his considerable pension?
Perhaps Santa's Cribmeister-General at the North Pole? :cool:
That would be cool (see what I did there?) He seemed to be a cool guy & I hope he's found something that he enjoys.
 
Following the example of the GCP in 2 REP and the GCM in 2 REG, the other France based deployable Legion Regiments have designated platoons called the SAED (a clumsy terminology: "Section d'Aide à l'Engagement Débarqué") for certain tasks, essentially they are a "Recce Platoon Plus". The same structures are in place across the French Army. Every year there are selection tests for new candidates.
Here are some pictures of a recent selection in 2 REI:
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Who thumped the caporal ?
That's a "Sergent" and he probably got the shiner in the hand-to-hand fighting elements of the selection, where aggression and fighting spirit needs to be shown. (The short thin gold bar under the chevrons indicates that he has completed five years in the Legion.

Two green (other colours for non-Legion units) chevrons is a "Caporal" ("Brigadier" in the cavalry), two gold chevrons (silver in the cavalry) is a "Sergent" ("Marechal des Logis" in the cavalry). In the French army "Sergent" is the lowest "Sous-Officier" (SNCO) rank and fulfils the duty of a "Chef de Groupe" (UK: Section Commander). In a "Groupe" there are usually two "Equipes" each commanded by a "Caporal". For garrison duties a "Sergent" in the French Army fulfils the same duties as a Sergeant in the British Army, but obviously there are a lot more "Sergents" in a French unit than there are Sergeants in a British one. A "Sergent-Chef" wearing three gold chevrons (silver in the cavalry where he is known as a "Marechal des Logis-Chef") is a "Sous-Officier Adjoint" or "SOA" (UK: Platoon Sergeant) of a "Section" or a "Peloton" in the cavalry (UK: Platoon/Troop).

 
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