Video footage from the War in Afghanistan shows fighters of the French Legion in heavy combat with Taliban in Afghanistan.
The scenes show the elite units of the French Foregin Legion in several intense firefights and engagements with Taliban fighters.
The French Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère) is a military branch of the French Army.
Legionnaires are considered highly trained elite infantry soldiers.
What makes the Legion unique is that it is open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. French citizenship may be applied for after three years’ service.
After joining the French Foregin Legion every recruit will recive a new name and nationality by the Legion.The selection process is notoriously harsh, and only one in nine candidates will be allowed to serve in the French Foregin Legion.
Consequently, training is often described as not only physically challenging, but also very stressful psychologically.
Applicants must be between 17 and 40 years old.
They must be foreign, though this rule is often glossed over. About 16 percent are French nationals who join posing as citizens of other French-speaking countries, such as Belgium or Canada.
The world’s most cosmopolitan military force comprises soldiers from about 140 countries. Recruits tend to come in waves — Germans in the 1940s and ’50s and English-speakers in the 1980s. After the Cold War ended, many volunteers came from Russia and Eastern Europe. They have now been replaced by a surge of applicants from Latin American and Asian nations such as Nepal.
Unlike France’s regular armed forces, the Foreign Legion is a male-only unit. And during the first five years of service, a legionnaire is banned from marrying.
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