Thursday, December 04, 2008

Context is everything

Lost your job, lost your home? Life becoming intolerable? Well there's always the option of joining the French Foreign Legion. Neil Tweedie, writing in the Telegraph, has the run down of what you need to know if you're considering taking this option. (You'd best learn to swear in French, you've got to be physically fit and not too worried about the fact that an inordinate number of Germans want to join to do proper military stuff.)

The article concludes:

Improved conditions and greater professionalism have in recent years resulted in more middle-class recruits.

Cpl Buys Francois, 43, a South African legionnaire who joined 11 years ago, says: "We call the new entrants Generation PlayStation because they’re so soft. Now we’re taking the ex-husbands running from alimony, and all these guys with university degrees."

Which is just as well. As it looks like some of the people most likely to be thinking about joining up are the Telegraph's current and former employees. They'd probably be treated better in the legion. Personally speaking, the German army sounds more like my sort of thing. Is it possible for foreigners to join that?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Mr Ink said...

That's your shifts gone for a Burton. Thought about The Thunderer, dear boy?

10:32 pm  
Blogger bill said...

I am thinking about all manner of things. A swift horse, a brace of pistols, a flash of brandy and directions to the frontier are foremost among them.

I thought the Thunderer was cutting down on its use of casuals, though, or was the Media Graun wrong?

11:10 pm  
Blogger Mr Ink said...

That's what they say, but they are also keen to protect livelihoods. I should think there will be some sort of cull next year of staff people and then the door will open again. Keep ear to ground and CV burnished.

10:29 am  

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