Contracts & career within the legion


A rapid evolution for the most deserving!

  • 5 years
    The duration of the legionnaire's initial employment contract.


The initial contract is for 5 years. At the end of this first contract, the legionary can choose to continue his career by means of successive contracts whose duration varies between 6 months and 5 years. By serving with determination and according to aptitudes, a management career can be offered to you from 3 years of service!

Evolution possibilities:

Advancement is based on merit. Any legionary can make a career, not by the educational or professional diplomas acquired in the civil, but thanks to the military or technical examinations passed during the successive contracts.

All of the Legion's non-commissioned officers begin their careers as a simple legionary.

Current supervision rate: out of 4 legionnaires who enlist today, one of them will become a non-commissioned officer.

non-commissioned military career NCO career major year of service
Young legionnaire     1 to 6 years
(possible from 2 years of service)
(possible from 3 years of service being already a corporal)
Master Corporal
(possible from 5 years of service)

Chief sergeant
(Possible from 3 years of sergeant)

  7 to 14 years old
(possible from 3 years of master sergeant)
  Chief Warrant Officer
(possible from 4 years of adjutant rank)
by competition, to the rank of chief warrant officer
14 to 25 years and over

OFFICER career:

10% of the officers serving in the Foreign Legion served first as a legionary, then as a non-commissioned officer.

Accessibility to internal competitive examinations favored.