Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the French Foreign Legion stopped all recruitment for an undetermined period. The borders in France are closed. The French government asks the people to stay at home.
As a response to the coronavirus, the French Foreign Legion and other parts of the French Army suspended all recruitment processes.
The French Navy and Airforce continue to inform their candidates, but their recruitment process is different than at the French Foreign Legion.
For the moment, I don’t have any information about the restart. I’ll keep you updated as the Coronavirus situation evolves via this blog. (further information on the official recruitment page)
UPDATE (1 May 2020):
However the recruitment process is still suspended due to the Coronavius, the French Foreign Legion set up a new procedure. So from now, you can fill out THIS form to inform the recuitment center of your arrival. It doesn’t let you enter France before the end of the lockdown, it’s just a preregistration form.
You’ll find the following options on the form to fill:
- Name, Place of bith, Nationality, Date of birth, Country, E-mail, address etc…
- Présent en France (in France or no) – yes or no
- Prêt a se lancer dans processus (ready to start the process) – You have options in which you have to state when you will be ready for the process to start varying from immediate to within six months
- Lieu de convocation choisi (selected place of meeting) – Paris, Aubagne or other recruiting centers
- Disponible à aprtir de (available from) – When are you going to be available
- Observations à porter à la connaissance des recruteurs (observations to bring to the recruiters) – You can write what you think is useful for the recruitment
The FFL also recommends you to take the following things I already mentioned on my joining page.
Recruitment opens from 11th May 2020
The French Foreign Legion reopens the recruitments and ready to welcome you again, from May 11, 2020. You still need to send your application form and a recruiter will contact you. You can’t go to a recruitment center if you don’t have your convocation. This will allow a recruitment in strict compliance with health measures related to COVID-19.
The inscription for the commemoration of the 157th anniversary of the combat of Camerone is also suspended.
For the moment, only members of the French Foreign Legion are going to participate.
We have a bit more than a month left until the ceremony, so it would be difficult to predict anything. All courses and trainings are also suspended. Last week I was 900km away from my regiment, but everyone had to go back to the base. This was a very bad news for the most of us, but especially for those from 2°REP.
It’s not an easy task at all to come to the continent with bags for 2 months, but leave after a week of training. A company from 2°REG was on an international exercise in Norway, called Cold Response with other troops of the 27° Mountain Infantry Brigade.
They finished the exercise, but the program had to change a little bit to avoid physical contact as much as possible between the participants.·The 6°BLB is actually operating in the Sahel-Sahara zone since February. This unit contains 3 regiments of the French Foreign Legion.
The 2°REI, 1°REC and 1°REG. Nowadays a mandate lasts approximately four months, but this time the actually engaged units probably have to spend 4 weeks more in abroad.
A few weeks of delay is normal when we participate in any operation. On the other hand, a delay of more than 4 weeks could affect a mandate more significantly. If the commandment think there is enough time left for another operation, they won’t hesitate to launch one more.
How life has changed in the barracks?
The Ministry of Defense launched “Operation Resilience” and each regiment prepared or sent a company to protect sensible points like hospitals or factories.
Due to the disease, the regiment’s life has changed a little bit. We can’t eat face to face each other, run outside of the base or organize an instruction in a classroom.
The clubs in the company’s buildings are closed and some services like the kitchen or the mechanics are working with half of their effective.
UPDATE (13 April 2020 at 8:26 PM)
After Emmanuel Macron’s speech, the boders are staying closed until 11 May 2020. We don’t dispose any information about when exactly the FFL relaunch the recruting processes, but it’s probably won’t happen before this summer. I’ll try to give you as many information as I can, so stay tuned.
UPDATE (15 April 2020 at 10:06 AM)
I just talked with a friend working as an instructor in Castelnaudary and told me that the basic trainings continue as before with small changes in order to preserve the health of legionnaires.
So don’t worry, if your friend, husband or son went to France to join the FFL before the lockdown, probably he is in Castel now. He’ll be able to make his first call at the end of the farm.
Example: he went to France on the 9th March 2020. The selections take around 3 weeks, leaving to Castel and waiting a bit until your platoon is complete +2 weeks. The training at the farm is 4 weeks so you can count around 9-11 weeks until his first call.
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