One day a soldier of the French Foreign Legion
• One day a soldier of the French Foreign Legion
Good afternoon. My name is Alex, I'm 25 years old, I live in the suburbs of Marseille, France. For the fourth year, I served in the French Foreign Legion. Military service and its characteristics, its strengths and limitations, I try to combine the civil life of a young man who loves to travel, and in the evening with friends. I would like to describe one of his weekday, Friday, November 7, when I managed a bit of everything. Under the cut 37 pictures.
6:00 The duty of company of whistles rise. To be honest, I usually allow myself another five or ten minutes to lie down in bed, to finally wake up. Today was no exception.
One of my first purchases was a civilian army linens. Moreover, a small pillow, I often take a long trip.
During the day, however, civil retracted into the cabinet.
6:15 Morning roll call. During warmer months, the legionnaires are being built in front of the barracks, in the cold or in the rain often in the building. During roll call duty platoon counts everyone living in the barracks and fills the magazine with all the presence, absence for various reasons, patients and so on.
6:20 Shaving - the constant morning ritual of every soldier. With stubble I feel uncomfortable, but during the holidays always shave once a week. Because I can imagine the hell is let.
6:30 Morning coffee. Breakfast in the French army - is voluntary, I do not ever eat breakfast in the dining room. On the one hand, his Italian coffeemaker camp I little to voluntarily exchange the. On the other hand, eat much in the morning, I'm not used to; coffee and cake - at least that's my and my maximum. In addition, during breakfast I like to see the recent entries in LJ.
6:50 Cleaning. I live in a small room for two people (here I was lucky in the Legion more likely to live for four); despite the fact that I was a senior in rank, his half of the room, I always turn on their own. It is a matter of principle.
7:10 Another daily procedure - cleaning shoes. The French army is not behind the curve in this regard, every second of the gloss shoes nobody demands, we still do not work in surgery. However, before building and going to the dining room bots must be clean.
7:40 Rules of etiquette - for 15-20 minutes before the start of the working day to come to the office (each platoon has his office) and say hello to the boss. This is the moment when you can discuss upcoming business, discuss changes and so on. Well, or just about worn out the evening football match.
8:00 Everyday assembly into companies, serving the start of the working day. They are also the company commander or his deputies often announce important information and make announcements.
8:05 The great advantage of the army - the opportunity to play sports during working hours. During the holidays, when the whole day is only granted to me, time for sports, I do not often find. In the French army are trying to diversify the sport, with the emphasis on running. Much like the military occupation - obstacle course races in ammunition, combat power, as well as purely civilian - running, swimming, gym, bike. I love doing sport with full dedication.
9:00 Duration of treatment depends on the class, but the average is 45-60 minutes. Afterwards, be sure there is stretching the muscles, which resembles yoga.
9:15 Shower. I had my way, I would have stood for half an hour under a warm shower.
After the 9:30 sports drink a cup of coffee and change into work uniforms.
I have a "civilian" and "military" cabinets. Military parade scored half jackets and shirts output.
The contents of my pockets. Notebook, a pair of handles, a purse, a small folder (or the cover?) For documents, change, keys, knife. Knife, by the way, many of the military are constantly in your pocket - hiking habit that persists in parts.
In a case I wear exclusively military documents - identification of the military, magnetic badge, military driver's license, insurance. Badge is in your wallet.
After the morning session 10:00 sports take my paper work, which is in the army very much. Too much. Sport and military statistics, medical records, acts, regulations, and many more things. I had the imprudence to boast of computer literacy is now a considerable part of it lies on my shoulders. Platoon Head pasted a week ago motivating inscription on the desk with papers.
11:15 Meeting with the insurance agent. A few months later I was waiting for a trip to a distant and hot African country. I agreed to at that time I automatically raised the insurance twice. At the same time he received a keychain USB flash drive as a gift. A trifle, but nice.
12:00 Lunch. Rank and file goes into the dining room systems, from the dining room has every man for himself. The army diet, unfortunately, a lot of semi-finished products. Tasty, but not very much useful.
During uchebki I ate the slowest, but now my civilian friends laugh at the speed with which I absorb food. It now quickly, even when it is not necessary to rush anywhere, I can not help myself
12:20 Upon returning to barracks after dinner, the first thing I'm shooting ankle boots.
In France, almost universally lunch break lasts two hours. I usually either sleep or read at this time. Today, I lost hour and a half, on too interesting moment stopped last night.
14:00 Go with a company in the armory, which the army without weapons ?! After a couple of weeks, I have to shoot a new for themselves the Belgian machine gun, which is just being introduced into the French army. Theory and technical characteristics, I already know, but today for the first time to touch a weapon in the classroom.
15:30 Coffee - my drug. In Russia, it does not even drink in the morning, now five times a day. I pause briefly and go into the platoon office to enjoy a cup of fragrant.
Again 15:40 arms. At this time, I decide on time to disassemble / assemble and install on armored cars / remove the familiar trunks. Repetition - the mother of learning.
16:30 Next week, my company offers teachings, which have a lot of trains. While the rest is slightly smeared and hand weapons, I am one of the co-workers check the cars to be fully confident in their serviceability. In technology, as opposed to electronics, I understand bad, so my partner graciously takes all the mechanical part of the deal, leaving me little things like radio and chemical protection.
17:00 Finish with cars and go up to the office. Starting next week I'll be working in the medical unit. As it stands the platoon I served for almost half a year, so "stamped" in front of his friends.
I wish the guys success in the new location and give a ballpoint pen with integrated memory stick. They conspired to today, or what?
17:30 End of the working day and the working week. I shake hands with everyone and get up to my room to pack and dress. Many people are surprised that in his civilian life, I prefer the classic style of clothing. Shirts, pants, shoes. Well, not in the tibia to me, in fact, walk. 18:10 I'm going to the station. In the first contract legionnaires forbidden to own or rent housing. Of course, this inconvenience, it is desirable to have all of its area. On the other, if not the rule, I would never have managed to travel so much. This weekend I decided to be held in Lyon.
At the railway station 18:40 Marcel, I have loved the waiting room; By the way, the only place in France where I drink tea.
Before the train to Lyon is still almost an hour; I arrange for a book. Maybe stupid, but the last couple of years, I have read three books at a time. According to one art in Russian and French, as well as a scientific one in Russian. The slowest is in French.
19:43 Depart the train at Lyon. High-speed trains - my salvation, I, like all the French military, there is a discount of 75 per cent on transport. Without it, again, half of my travels around the country would never take place.
ticketing system in France damn convenient. The whole procedure of the search schedule control to the ticket you can make via the Internet. So I generally use the local mobile application w / e the company. Ticket - QR-code on the phone screen.
On the way to handle photographs. Prior to this case my hands rarely reach, but forty-hour alone with a laptop - a sufficient argument to finally open Picasa and GIMP.
21:39 Train arrived in Lyon with twenty-minute delay. Railway network in France is clearly overwhelmed; in my subjective opinion, on Fridays and Sundays, one hundred percent of the trains behind schedule. Out on the platform, I came across a very funny picture.
21:50 need me to the tram leaves just before the nose. In the evenings public transport quite a large range, the next tram to wait eighteen minutes. Google Maps says that to the destination to go nineteen foot. Well, the choice is clear
22:10 I went to the hostel. I usually rent an apartment on Airbnb - it is relatively inexpensive, but very comfortable. However, this time decided to try a hostel, bribed me rave reviews about it.
22:25 JOIN, throw things in the room and come to a common room with a desire to enjoy high speed internet access. There you come across a crowd of children from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Here it is, all the charm of hostels. Despite the fact that the level of my English has fallen dramatically in France, I talk on it is still virtually no problems. a bottle of wine - and now I have a Life
23:10 After a fair dose of alcohol all sat down to play the card game unknown to me. Without knowledge of the rules turned out to be the main loser all the time, of course, I am.
23:51 Almost midnight forces to continue the party does not remain at all, so that in this I decide to finish their day and go bainki. Good night.