Foreign Legion Recruiting Group

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Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
Insigne-GRLE.jpg
GRLE Unit Badge
Active July 10, 2007- Present
Country  France
Allegiance Flag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
Branch French Army
Type Regimental Military Unit
Role Global Military Recruiting and Support Operations
Part of Foreign Legion Command
Headquarters Fort de Nogent, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Paris, France
Motto(s) Honneur et Fidélité
Colors Green and Red
March

Conquérir des volontaires, pour en faire des légionnaires

(Conquering Volunteers to Form Legionnaires)
Engagements Global War on Terror (2001-present)
Battle honours Camerone 1863
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant-colonel François-Xavier PETITEAU
Insignia
Insignia of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group GRLE-béret.png
Abbreviation GRLE
Each year, the French Foreign Legion commemorates and celebrates Camarón in its headquarters in Aubagne and Bastille Day military parade in Paris; featuring the Pionniers leading and opening the way.

The Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (French: Groupement de recrutement de la Légion étrangère, GRLE) is an administrative unit of the French Foreign Legion responsible for recruiting volunteers from around the globe to the Legion and manned by members of the legion.[1] The unit reports to the authority of the Foreign Legion Command who determines the annual objectives based on the open rules consented by the army staff (l'Etat-Major de l'Armée de Terre (E.M.A.T)) and the initial prevision of the Foreign Legion Human Resources Division (DRHLE).[2]

The GRLE was created July 10, 2007 at Fort de Nogent, near Paris.[3] The new unit assumed all recruiting responsibilities which had previously been assigned to the 1st Foreign Regiment's Recruitment Division.[4]

Mission[edit]

In order to supply the Foreign Legion with the required volunteers, the Recruiting Group promotes volunteer service by targeting the world public. The purpose of promotion is to inform potential candidates and lead a preselection process followed by a contract of engagement at Aubagne.[5]

While the mission of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group is primarily focused on recruiting; the G.R.L.E operates in customs just like any legion operational regiment with numerous functions including training and supporting general missions of the legion both in France as well as in exterior combat operations around the globe.[6]

Organization[edit]

The Command of the G.R.L.E is garrisoned at Fort de Nogent, at Fontenay-sous-bois.[7] Commanded by a regimental commander, the G.R.L.E is composed of two elementary part component units, which are the Transit Company of the Foreign Legion (C.T.L.E) and the Recruiting Company of the Foreign Legion (C.R.L.E), with principal mission of:[8]

  • The support of the Foreign Legion on the R.T.I.D.F (Land Region Ile de France).
  • The quest of engaging volunteers to serve in the Foreign Legion.

Transit Company of the Foreign Legion (C.T.L.E)[edit]

The C.T.L.E, the Transit Company of the Foreign Legion, reassumed part responsibility for the missions of the C.T.L.E of the 1st Foreign Regiment dissolved on July 10 and is responsible for:[9]

  • Prospective candidate search.
  • Recruitment of volunteers.
  • Representation of the Foreign Legion on the ensemble territory with 10 information posts (P.I.L.E).[10]
  • The transit of Foreign Legion personnel and families between metropole and outre-mer (overseas) or Parisian regions.

Foreign Legion Information Posts (P.I.L.E)[edit]

The mission of the Foreign Legion Information Posts (P.I.L.E)[11] implanted in Paris (3 posts), Lille, Nantes, Paris - Fort Neuf de Vincennes, Paris, Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, Perpignan, Toulouse, consist of maintaining a quality recruitment that minimizes the circle of francophones while simultaneously maintaining diversity by the multiple presence of various origins.[12]

The (P.I.L.E),[13] unlike the typical recruiting posts of the Regular Army, utilizes civilian services and military resources to launch activities that would attract potential candidates through ( expositions, mobile information trucks and other mobile information posts).[14] The Foreign Legion only recruits in France. The Foreign Legion will not intervene to obtain permanent visas to join France nor finance the voyage to France.[15]

Recruiting Company of the Foreign Legion (C.R.L.E)[edit]

The C.R.L.E, The Recruiting Company of the Foreign Legion, is responsible for:[16]

  • The escort of hospitalized and isolated legionnaires in region of Ile de France.
  • The evaluation of potential candidates at engagement in the 2 centers of preslection at Fort de Nogent and Aubagne.
  • The conditioning placing of potential candidates at engagement towards the center of selection and incorporation.

Center of Selection Incorporation[edit]

The C.S.I, the Center of Selection Incoporation is an integral part of the C.R.L.E and is implanted in Quartier (garrison) Vienot at Aubagne. The Center Selection is responsible for:[17]

  • The coordination and direction of the selection candidate process.
  • The management of potential candidates course towards medical screenings.
  • The enlisting of candidates during the selection process.
  • The return of candidates not selected to civilian life.

Traditions[edit]

The Courtyard of Honor, Court d'Honneur.

Insignia[edit]

Fanion Colors[edit]

At origin, Fanions served marking the assemblies of armies, a point of rally to and alignment manoeuver of military units.[18] The notion of fanion-emblem surfaced in the campaigns of Africa and were generalized following World War I.[19] The reglementation in concern for use were not established until 1976.[20] Only the fanions of unit forming regimental corps, such as the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E) has right to honorary ceremonies.[21]

For the G.R.L.E, the Division General of the Foreign Legion has authorized that the guard of the G.R.L.E Fanion be constituted of, as per reglementation, 1 Sous-officiers (fanion bearer), and 2 Legionnaires, all three armed with MAS- 49-56.[22]

Regimental Song[edit]

Conquérir des volontaires (Conquering Volunteers to Form Legionnaires) is the Regimental song and mission of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group:[23]

Conquérir des volontaires, pour en faire des légionnaires
Du Groupement de Recrutement, c'est la mission
Conquérir des volontaires pour en faire des légionnaires
Nos Régiments frères attendent, notre moisson.

Du pays des corons
A celui des santons
Du pays bigouden
Aux méandres du Rhin
Par delà les frontières de l'hexagone
Les recruteurs vont et informent
Pour que flotte à tous les vents, les couleurs du fanion
Que résonne notre devise « Honneur et Fidélité », Gloire à la Légion.

De tous les continents
Viennent vivre autrement
La Légion tend la main
Espoir d'un lendemain
Du G.R.L.E., ils sont le vivier
Les volontaires du monde entier
Pour que flotte à tous les vents, les couleurs du fanion
Que résonne notre devise « Honneur et Fidélité », Gloire à la Légion.

Quitte ton ordinaire,
Pour une vie d'Légionnaire
Rejoints les plus vaillants
Les rangs des képis blancs
L'esprit de Camerone te guidera
L'exemple des anciens tu suivras
Pour que flotte à tous les vents, les couleurs du fanion
Que résonne notre devise « Honneur et Fidélité », Gloire à la Légion.

Decorations[edit]

Honors[edit]

Battle Honors[edit]

Regimental Commander[edit]

  • 2008 - 2010 : Lieutenant-coloneL Norbert Simonet
  • 2010 - 2012 : Lieutenant-colonel Stéphane Bourban
  • 2012 - 2014 : Lieutenant-colonel Thierry Morvan
  • 2014 - 2016 : Lieutenant-colonel François-Xavier Petiteau
  • 2016 - 20** : Lieutenant-colonel Yann Doutey

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  2. ^ [2] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  3. ^ [3] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  4. ^ [4] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  5. ^ [5] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  6. ^ [6] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group, Missions of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
  7. ^ [7] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  8. ^ [8] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  9. ^ [9] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  10. ^ [10] Official Recruiting Site of the Foreign Legion, Foreign Legion Information Posts, P.I.L.E
  11. ^ [11] Official Recruiting Site of the Foreign Legion, Foreign Legion Information Posts, P.I.L.E
  12. ^ [12] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  13. ^ [13] Official Recruiting Site of the Foreign Legion, Foreign Legion Information Posts, P.I.L.E
  14. ^ [14] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  15. ^ [15] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  16. ^ [16] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  17. ^ [17] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (G.R.L.E), Presentation of the G.R.L.E
  18. ^ [18] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group, The Fanion of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
  19. ^ [19] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group, The Fanion of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
  20. ^ [20] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group, The Fanion of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
  21. ^ [21] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group, The Fanion of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
  22. ^ [22] Official Website of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group, The Fanion of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
  23. ^ [23]

References[edit]

Official website - GRLE