During February and March of 2014, young legionnaires arriving to the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG), a mountain warfare regiment of the Foreign Legion, were participating in the course of basic mountain military skills to obtain the Military Skier Certificate (Brevet de Skieur Militaire, BSM) and its badge.
The basic mountain warfare training for young legionnaires of 2e REG, organized by Support Company (Compagnie d’Appui, CA), took part in the Maurienne valley of the Alps in south-eastern France, during three weeks of February. For those legionnaires of 3rd Company, the BSM course took part some kilometres east of the Maurienne valley, nearby Valloire commune, during three weeks of March 2014.
During their courses, young legionnaires were being trained in skiing, mountain firing techniques, building mountain outposts and igloos, searching the victims of avalanche etc. At the end of the course, legionnaires had to pass 12 kilometers and 1,200 meters of altitude in 3 hours.
The first military skiing courses for legionnaires started in the 1930s in Morocco, Africa.