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French Foreign Legion Uniforms

French Foreign Legion uniforms. See what uniform wear the legionnaires during the fitness training, working, exercises, combat operations or just while they go out of barracks. See the uniform of Legion paratroopers or engineers. Detailed information and well-ordered data accompanied by tens of images.

French Foreign Legion Uniforms

 

Foreign Legion Utility Uniform

France and overseas operations utility uniform

- officially called Uniform 42 (Tenue 42, T42)
- uniform worn by legionnaires in France and overseas during the working, exercises and non-combat situations
- the uniform is worn without armament

Uniform composition:

  • beret
  • combat uniform undershirt or T-shirt (green or camouflage)
  • combat uniform trousers (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage or specific color) + green belt
  • combat uniform jacket (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage or specific color) including:
    • – sleeves rolled up or rolled down
    • – foulard
    • – name patch
    • – rank patch
    • – regimental shoulder boards
  • combat shirt F1
  • short sleeve shirt (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage) with or without sweater
  • military belt (with or without equipment)
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots
  • For bad weather: fleece jacket, trousers + parka gore-tex or tactical trousers + coat

 

Green T-shirt and undershirt of the French Foreign Legion

2e REP legionnaires wearing the green T-shirt (with regimental emblem) and green undershirt while working

Camouflage T-shirt and undershirt of the French Foreign Legion

Legionnaires wearing the camouflage T-shirt and undershirt

Utility uniform shirt of the French Foreign Legion

Legionnaires wearing the utility uniform shirt

Utility uniform standard combat shirt F1 of the French Foreign Legion

Foreign Legion utility uniform standard combat shirt F1 for winter time

French Foreign Legion utility uniform jacket sleeves

Combat uniform jacket sleeves rolled up or rolled down

French Foreign Legion utility uniform foulard

Combat uniform jacket with colored foulard (formely used as a neckerchief in Africa) to identify a distinctive company

French Foreign Legion utility uniform rank patches

Foreign Legion utility uniform chest rank patch examples: Senior Corporal (left) and Senior Sergeant (right)

French Foreign Legion utility uniform fleece jacket

Foreign Legion utility uniform fleece jacket worn during an exercise

French Foreign Legion desert sand camouflage utility uniform with kepi

1er REC legionnaires in Tchad, wearing a desert sand camouflage utility uniform together with the kepi to take a photo

French Foreign Legion utility uniform tactical coat

Utility uniform desert sand and Europe location (TE) camouflage tactical coats (United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan)

 

Overseas territories of France utility uniform

- officially called T44
- uniform worn by legionnaires in Overseas territories of France (French Guiana, New Caledonia, French Polynesia…) or in Africa during the working, exercises or non-combat missions
- the uniform is worn without armament

Uniform composition:

  • beret or bush hat
  • combat uniform undershirt or T-shirt (green or camouflage)
  • combat uniform trousers (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage or specific color) or shorts + green belt
  • combat uniform jacket (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage or specific color) including:
    • – sleeves rolled up or rolled down
    • – foulard
    • – name patch
    • – rank patch
  • short sleeve shirt or GAO shirt
  • military belt (with or without equipment)
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots or bush boots

 

French Foreign Legion GAO shirt

1er REG legionnaires wearing the GAO shirt while working in Gabon, Africa

French Foreign Legion bush boots

Legionnaires wearing the bush boots

French Foreign Legion bush boots

3e REI legionnaire wearing the utility uniform shorts in French Guiana. 1er REG legionnaire with the shorts and GAO shirt

 

Foreign Legion Combat Uniform

France and overseas operations combat uniform

- officially called T41
- uniform worn by legionnaires in France and overseas operations during the exercises and combat operations
- the uniform is worn with armament

Uniform composition:

  • beret or helmet or SPECTRA helmet or bush hat
  • combat uniform undershirt or T-shirt (green or camouflage)
  • combat uniform trousers (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage or specific color) + green belt
  • combat uniform jacket (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage or specific color) including:
    • sleeves rolled down
    • rank patch
    • flag patch
    • Legion identification badge
  • combat shirt F1
  • short sleeve shirt (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage) with or without sweater
  • military belt + equipment
  • gloves
  • specific mission equipment
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots
  • For bad weather: fleece jacket, trousers + parka gore-tex or tactical trousers + coat

 

French Foreign Legion standard combat uniform with a beret

2e REP legionnaires wearing the standard combat uniform with a beret during an exercise in Corsica

French Foreign Legion tactical combat uniform with a helmet

2e REI legionnaires wearing the tactical combat uniform with a standard helmet during an exercise in France

French Foreign Legion combat uniform in Afghanistan

2e REI legionnaires wearing the combat uniform with the SPECTRA helmet in Afghanistan

French Foreign Legion tactical desert combat uniform

2e REP legionnaires wearing the tactical desert combat uniform during an exercise in United Arab Emirates

French Foreign Legion combat uniform parka gore-tex

Legionnaires wearing the Gore-tex parka during an exercise in France

French Foreign Legion tactical combat shirt

2e REP legionnaires wearing a flame-resistant combat shirt in Mali

French Foreign Legion tactical combat shirt

Legionnaire wearing the Legion identification badge and flag patch during an overseas mission

 

Overseas territories of France combat uniform

- officially called T43
- uniform worn by legionnaires in Overseas territories of France during the exercises and combat operations
- the uniform is worn with armament

Uniform composition:

  • beret or bush hat
  • combat uniform undershirt or T-shirt (green or camouflage)
  • combat uniform trousers or shorts (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage) + green belt
  • combat uniform jacket (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage) with sleeves rolled down + rank patch
  • combat shirt F1
  • short sleeve shirt (Europe location camouflage or desert sand camouflage)
  • GAO shirt
  • military belt + equipment
  • specific mission equipment
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots

 

French Foreign Legion standard combat uniform with a bush hat

Legionnaires wearing the standard combat uniform with a bush hat during an exercise in Mayotte

French Foreign Legion standard combat uniform with a bush hat

1er REG legionnaires wearing the combat uniform with a bush hat during an operation against illegal gold-diggers camps in French Guiana (2013)

 

Foreign Legion Parade Dress Uniform

Parade dress summer uniform

- called Tenue de parade
- based on the TDF (Terre de France) T32 French Army parade uniform
- uniform worn by legionnaires in France and overseas during the parade or other ceremonial occasions
- it is also used as the guard duty uniform
- the uniform is a part of the traditional Foreign Legion uniforms

Uniform composition:

  • kepi + chin strap
  • almond-green short sleeve shirt including:
    • - green-and-red epaulettes
    • - fourragere (only 1er REC, 2e REP, 2e REG, 3e REI, 13e DBLE)
    • - sleeve rank patch (on the right sleeve)
    • - diamond-shaped Legion insignia (on the left sleeve) with rank + chevrons of seniority
    • - distinctive unit insignia
    • - regimental insignia
    • - awards and medals
    • - special skill and qualification badges
  • trousers TDF
  • blue sash
  • military belt
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots

Parade dress winter uniform

- based on the TDF T34 uniform
- almond-green long sleeves shirt + green necktie instead of the short sleeve shirt
- blouse TDF including the same attributes decoration
- the rest of clothing is the same as of the parade summer uniform

 

French Foreign Legion parade dress winter uniform decoration

Parade dress uniform decoration:
1. Distinctive unit insignia
2. Sleeve rank patch
3. Special skill and qualification badges
4. Regimental insignia
5. Diamond-shaped Legion insignia (on the left sleeve) with rank + chevrons of seniority
6. Awards and medals
7. Fourragere

French Foreign Legion kepi

French Foreign Legion kepi:
1. The standard white kepi with a black strap
2. Senior Corporal’s white kepi with a gold strap
3. The black kepi of a non-commissioned officer (or Senior Corporal with more than 15 years of service)
4. Cavalry Senior Corporal’s white kepi with a silver strap

French Foreign Legion parade dress summer uniform

Legionnaires wearing the parade dress summer uniform

French Foreign Legion parade dress summer uniform detail

Detail of the Legion parade dress summer uniform

French Foreign Legion parade dress winter uniform

Legionnaires wearing the parade dress winter uniform

 

Parade combat uniform

- based on the T31 uniform
- the uniform worn by legionnaires in France and French overseas territories during the exercises and operations while the parade dress uniform is not allowed to use
- green-and-red epaulettes and blue sash are forbidden to wear with (unlike the rest of the French Army)
- it may be also worn as the guard duty uniform

Uniform composition:

  • kepi
  • combat uniform undershirt or T-shirt
  • combat uniform trousers (Europe location camouflage or sand camouflage) + green belt
  • combat uniform jacket (Europe location camouflage or sand camouflage) including:
    • - sleeves rolled up or rolled down
    • - shoulder boards
    • - fourragere
    • - diamond-shaped Legion insignia (on the left sleeve)
    • - distinctive unit insignia
    • - regimental insignia
    • - awards and medals
    • - special skill and qualification badges
  • military belt
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots

 

French Foreign Legion parade combat uniform

2e REP legionnaires wearing the parade combat uniform

French Foreign Legion parade desert combat uniform

1er REC legionnaires wearing the basic parade desert combat uniform in Mali

 

Foreign Legion Pioneers uniform

- based on the TDF T32 parade uniform
- the uniform worn by Foreign Legion Pioneers in France and overseas during the military parades and ceremonies
- the uniform is part of the Traditional Foreign Legion uniforms

Uniform composition:

  • kepi (without the chin strap because of beard wearing)
  • almond-green long sleeves shirt including:
    • - green necktie
    • - green-and-red epaulettes
    • - fourragere
    • - diamond-shaped Pioneers insignia (on the right sleeve) with rank
    • - diamond-shaped Legion insignia (on the left sleeve) with rank + chevrons of seniority
    • - distinctive unit insignia
    • - regimental insignia
    • - awards and medals
    • - special skill and qualification badges
  • trousers TDF
  • white gloves
  • buffalo apron model 1848
  • ax(e)
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots with white laces
  • blouse TDF for winter time

 

French Foreign Legion Pioneers uniform

Winter and summer Pioneers uniform with Pioneers insignia

 

Foreign Legion Regimental flag guard uniform

- based on the TDF T32 parade uniform
- the uniform worn by legionnaires in France and overseas during the military parades and ceremonies

Uniform composition:

  • kepi with the chin strap
  • almond-green long sleeves shirt including:
    • - green necktie
    • - green-and-red epaulettes
    • - fourragere
    • - sleeve rank patch (on the right sleeve)
    • - diamond-shaped Legion insignia (on the left sleeve) with rank + chevrons of seniority
    • - distinctive unit insignia
    • - regimental insignia
    • - awards and medals
    • - special skill and qualification badges
  • trousers TDF
  • white gloves
  • blue sash
  • white military belt
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots with white laces
  • blouse TDF for winter time

 

French Foreign Legion Regimental flag guard summer uniform

Foreign Legion Regimental flag guard summer uniform

French Foreign Legion Regimental flag guard winter uniform

Foreign Legion Regimental flag guard winter uniform

 

Foreign Legion Walking out Dress Uniform

Walking out dress summer uniform

- officially called TDF T22
- the uniform worn by legionnaires in France and overseas during the off-duty freetime in garrison town
- the uniform is worn also for military ceremonies (awards decoration e.g.) or during the service duty by non-commissioned officers in administration positions (while wearing also sweaters, a garment nearly unused by legionnaires)

Uniform composition:

  • beret or kepi
  • almond-green short sleeve shirt including:
    • - shoulder boards
    • - fourragere
    • - diamond-shaped Legion insignia (on the left sleeve)
    • - distinctive unit insignia
    • - regimental insignia
    • - ribbon bars
    • - special skill and qualification badges
  • trousers TDF
  • belt – grey strap + gold buckle
  • green lightweight socks (in contrast to the black one of the French Army)
  • formal shoes

Walking out dress winter uniform

Uniform composition:

  • beret or kepi
  • almond-green long sleeve shirt + green necktie
  • suit coat TDF including all the standard uniform decoration attributes
  • trousers TDF
  • belt – grey strap + gold buckle
  • green lightweight socks
  • formal shoes
  • greatcoat for bad weather

 

French Foreign Legion Walking out dress winter uniform decoration

Walking out dress (winter) uniform decoration:
1. Distinctive unit insignia
2. Legion collar badges
3. Shoulder board bearing rank insignia
4. Fourragere
5. Diamond-shaped Legion insignia
6. Special skill and qualification badges
7. Nameplate (for ceremonies and official receptions; not allowed to wear in public during the off-duty time)
8. Regimental insignia
9. Ribbon bars

French Foreign Legion uniform service stripes

2e REP Senior Corporal with the shoulder board bearing the service (or seniority) stripes on his walking out dress summer uniform. Four stripes signify 20 years of service having passed (one stripes for each 5 years).

French Foreign Legion Walking out dress winter uniform

2e REP legionnaires wearing the walking out dress winter uniform. 1er REC officer with the greatcoat

French Foreign Legion Walking out dress summer uniform

2e REP legionnaires wearing the walking out dress summer uniform

 

Foreign Legion Physical Training and Sports Uniforms

Physical Training uniform

- based on the T42 utility uniform
- the uniform worn by legionnaires in France and overseas during the physical combat training (obstacle run, obstacle swimming, contact fight training etc.)

Uniform composition:

  • combat uniform undershirt or T-shirt
  • combat uniform trousers + green belt
  • combat uniform jacket with sleeves rolled down
  • heavyweight green socks
  • boots or sports footwear
French Foreign Legion Physical Training uniform

Legionnaires wearing the physical training uniform

 

Sports uniform

- the uniform worn in many variants by legionnaires in France and overseas during the sports and fitness training (running, volleyball, soccer – football, regimental competition etc.)
- the uniform is worn also as the freetime or infirmary uniform

Uniform composition:

  • company color regimental sports undershirt (or T-shirt for winter)
  • white Legion shorts (with a green-and-red stripe + Legion insignia) or green pants
  • company color regimental sweatshirt or green sports blouse (with Legion insignia)
  • white Legion sports socks (with a green-and-red stripe)
  • sports footwear or boots

 

French Foreign Legion Sports uniform with shorts and undershirt

Legionnaires wearing the sports uniform in the shorts + undershirt variant

French Foreign Legion Sports uniform with shorts and T-shirt

Legionnaires wearing the sports uniform in the shorts + T-shirt variant

French Foreign Legion Sports uniform sweatshirt with tight and shorts

Legionnaires wearing the sports uniform in the sweatshirt + tight or sweatshirt + shorts variants

French Foreign Legion Sports uniform undershirt with combat trousers

Legionnaires wearing the sports uniform in the undershirt + combat trousers variant

French Foreign Legion Sports uniform T-shirt with combat trousers

Legionnaires wearing the sports uniform in the T-shirt + combat trousers variant

French Foreign Legion Sports uniform sweatshirt with combat trousers

Legionnaires wearing the sports uniform in the sweatshirt + combat trousers variant

French Foreign Legion Sports suit

The green sports suit of the Foreign Legion

 

Foreign Legion Special Branch Uniforms

- there are many other uniforms within the Foreign Legion

- see some examples:

 

French Foreign Legion Commando Parachute Group GCP uniform

Commando Parachute Group (GCP) from 2e REP

French Foreign Legion Commando Parachute Group GCP uniform

GCP legionnaire wearing his jumpsuit

French Foreign Legion Combat Engineer Divers uniform

1er REG‘s Combat Engineer Divers (PCG, ex-DINOPS) member during an exercise in Corsica

French Foreign Legion Combat Engineer Divers uniform

1er REG‘s Combat Engineer Divers (PCG, ex-DINOPS) member

French Foreign Legion Amphibious Company uniform

A legionnaire from the Amphibious Company (3rd company) of 2e REP

French Foreign Legion 2e REP Amphibious Company uniform

2e REP legionnaires from Amphibious Company

French Foreign Legion Combat Engineer demining specialist uniform

A combat engineer demining specialist from 1er REG

French Foreign Legion sniper uniform

Foreign Legion snipers

French Foreign Legion mountain combat uniform

Foreign Legion mountain combat uniform worn by legionnaires from 2e REG

French Foreign Legion military police uniform

Foreign Legion Military Police uniform (Foreign Legion Patrol, PLE since 2011)

French Foreign Legion mechanic uniform

Foreign Legion mechanic uniform

French Foreign Legion chef's uniform - cooking uniform

Foreign Legion chef’s uniform

French Foreign Legion administrative service uniform

Foreign Legion administrative service uniform. Legionnaires (NCOs) wearing a sweater together with their Walking out dress uniform, during their administrative service in Paris. That is the only case when legionnaires are allowed to wear the sweater.

 

Images source:
Légion étrangère official website

Information source:
The French Ministry of Defence official website

 

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