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Foreign Legion Recruiting Group
GRLE Unit Badge
Active July 10, 2007- Present
Country  France
Allegiance Flag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
Type Administration
Role Recruitment
Part of Foreign Legion Command
Headquarters Fort de Nogent, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Paris, France
Battle honours Camerone 1863
Lieutenant-colonel Norbert Simmonet
Beret badge of the Foreign Legion Recruiting Group GRLE cap insigna.png
Abbreviation GRLE

The Foreign Legion Recruiting Group (French language: Groupement de recrutement de la Légion étrangère, GRLE) is an administrative unit of the French Foreign Legion responsible for recruiting volunteers to the Legion.[1]


The GRLE was created July 10, 2007 at Fort de Nogent, near Paris.[2] The new unit assumed all recruiting responsibilities which had previously be assigned to the 1st Foreign Regiment's Recruitment Division of the Foreign Legion.[2] The unit answers directly to the Foreign Legion Command.


  • Compagnie de transit de la Légion étrangère (CTLE)[2] - Transportation Company of the Foreign Legion (responsible for facilitating the transfer of Legionnaires between Metropolitan France and their overseas assignments)[2]
  • Compagnie de recruitment de la Légion étrangère (CRLE)[2] - Recruitment Company of the Foreign Legion (responsible for managing all of the Foreign Legion's recruiting efforts)[2] This company in addition to its station in Paris, also operates twelve recruiting stations around France.

Information Posts

The Foreign Legion Recruiting group operates 12 (3 in Paris) recruiting posts in the following cities:[3]

  1. Lille
  2. Nantes
  3. Paris - Fort Neuf de Vincennes
  4. Paris
  5. Paris
  6. Strasbourg
  7. Bordeaux
  8. Lyon
  9. Marseilles
  10. Nice
  11. Perpignan
  12. Toulouse

Also pre-selection centers at Paris and Aubagne.[3]



Official website - GRLE

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