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4th Foreign Regiment
(4e Régiment étranger)
Insigne régimentaire du 4e régiment étranger (1937).jpg
Regimental badge of 4e RE
Active 1920–1940
1976 – Present
Country  France
Allegiance Flag of legion.svg French Foreign Legion
Branch French Army
Role Recruit induction & training
Part of Foreign Legion Command
Garrison/HQ Quartier Captaine Danjou, Castelnaudary, Aude, France
Nickname(s) Creuset de la Légion (Crucible of the Legion)
Colors Green & Red

Rif War (1924–1934)
Syrian Revolution (1921–1926)
Second World War
*Tunisia Campaign (1943)
Malagasy Uprising (1947–1951)
First Indochina War (1949)

Algerian War (1955–1964)
Decorations Croix de guerre (1939-1945) w/ Palm
Website Official Website
Beret badge of the 4th Foreign Regiment Insigne de béret du 4e RE.jpg
Abbreviation 4e RE

The 4th Foreign Regiment (French language: 4e Régiment étranger, 4e RE) is the unit responsible for training the French Foreign Legion.[1] Prior to assuming its responsibility of training Foreign Legion personnel, the 4th Foreign Regiment was an infantry regiment which participated in campaigns in Morocco, French Indochina, and Algeria.[2]


Originally established as the 4th Foreign Infantry Regiment on November 1, 1920 in Marrakesh, Morocco during the Rif War.[2] In November 1940, the regiment was disbanded to allow its ranks to be reorganized into the 11th Foreign Regiment of Infantry and the 12th Foreign Regiment of Infantry.[2] Shortly thereafter the regiment was reestablished as the 4th Demibrigade of the Foreign Legion. Under that name it operated as part of the Free French forces until 1943 when it was again disbanded as part of another French military reorganization.[2]

In July 1962, the 4th Foreign Regiment was redeployed to southern Algeria where the regiment was tasked with guarding the oil fields and French nuclear facilities in the region.[3] The 4th Foreign Regiment was disbanded and its subordinate units were folded into the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment.[3] In October 1976 the Foreign Legion established a new Instruction Regiment (Regiment d'Instruction) at Castelnaudary by divesting the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment's Instruction Group (Groupement d' Instruction).[3]

The 4th Foreign Infantry Regiment's lineage was passed on to the new Instruction Regiment. In 1980 the Instruction Regiment was given its current name as the 4th Foreign Regiment.[2]


The Regiment consists of six companies:[1]

  • Compagnie de Commandement et des Services (CCS) - Command and Services Company

The regimental headquarters company which also has integrated logistical capabilities.[1] This company has several subordinate administrative units such as the Office of Maintenance and Logistics, the Office of Job Training (Bureaux Instruction Empoi), and the Directorate of Human Resources (Direction des Ressources Humaines).[4]

  • Compagnies d’Étranger Voluntaire (CEV) - Foreign Volunteer Companies

Responsible for performing recruit basic training.[1] The regiment has three such companies.[1]

  • Compagnie d’Instruction des Cadres (CIC) - Cadre Training Company

Conducts all NCO education and professional development courses.[5]

  • Compagnie d’Instruction des Spécialistes (CIS) - Specialist Instruction Company

Conducts training courses in administrative and technical skill.[1] This company teaches over forty courses a year ranging from three to fifteen weeks each.[6]



  • Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion Since 1945. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-621-3. 

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