Foreign Legion Recruiting Group

1er RE insigniaGroupement de Recrutement de la Légion Etrangère, GRLE. The youngest unit of the Foreign Legion. Established in 2007, the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group is based at Fort de Nogent, Paris. The GRLE is directly subordinated to the Foreign Legion Command (COMLE).

The group is responsible for the recruitment process of the Foreign Legion. It also conducts an initial candidate selection, in Paris and at Aubagne.

 

Current structure of the GRLE

The GRLE is devided (in 2017) into 2 companies and consists of about 135 personnel.

The Foreign Legion Recruiting Group ensures the enlistment of new candidates/volunteers and manages the initial preselection process required to be passed to start the crucial selection process of the Legion.

  • Foreign Legion Transit Company (Compagnie de Transit de la Légion Etrangère, CTLE)
  • Foreign Legion Recruiting Company (Compagnie de Recrutement de la Légion Etrangère, CRLE)

 

Foreign Legion Transit Company – CTLE

– CTLE ensures the enlistment of new candidates/volunteers
– the company operates 10 Legion’s recruiting centers (Poste d’Information de la LE, PILE)
– these 10 PILE recruiting centers/stations are:

– CTLE is responsible for the transit of new candidates/volunteers enlisted in those recruiting centers/stations to the preselection centers located in Paris and at Aubagne
– the company also ensures the support for wounded and hospitalized legionnaires in the Ile de France region
– CTLE is also in charge of the transit of Foreign Legion detachments

 

Foreign Legion Recruiting Company – CRLE

– CRLE is responsible for candidate selection
– the company operates 2 preselection centers:

  • Paris (Preselection center Nord)
  • Aubagne (Preselection center South)

– in those centers, the CRLE manages an initial preselection process
– if a candidate passed the initial tests, he is allowed to join the crucial selection process
– the process required to pass to become a legionnaire is run at Aubagne
– it is managed within the Selection & Incorporation Center (CSI) of Aubagne

 

Foreign Legion Recruiting Group - GRLE - Groupement de Recrutement de la Légion Etrangère

 

Foreign Legion Recruiting Group’s song

The regimental march of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (GRLE):
Conquérir des volontaires

 

Location of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group

 

 

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