How to Join the French Foreign Legion. No other military organization has the mystique of the French Foreign Legion. The men in white kepis have been glamorized on film, renowned for giving other men running from troubled pasts a chance for redemption, and revered for fighting till their last breath for their adopted homeland. Want to join them? Here is how to do it.

Make your way to one of the 11 information offices in France. These offices are located in Paris, Lille, Nantes, Strasbourg, Aubagne, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, Perpignan and Toulouse.

Present yourself to the recruiting officer and decide if you will use your real name or a declared identity. This last option is for those who wish to make a brand new start in life or for the French citizens who choose to join. Only foreigners are allowed to join the Legion.

Submit to a preliminary background check. Although the Legion has a reputation for taking all who enlist, felons will not be permitted to join and will be turned away at this point.

Report to either Paris or Aubagne for a medical check-up. Afterwards, finalize your recruitment dossier and sign an initial five-year service contract. This will take anywhere from one to three days.

Complete a series of tests in Aubagne that can last anywhere from one to ten days. These tests cover medical examinations, physical agility assessments, personality and psycho-technical questionnaires, a security interview and an investigation into your motivation to join the Legion.

Sign an unconditional five-year contract and begin training for the 4th Foreign Regiment in Castelnaudary. Your 15 weeks of instruction will include everything from Legion traditions to mountain training.

Show up for duty in one of the ten different regiments scattered throughout the world. Six are in France, one in Corsica, two in Africa and one in South America to begin your contracted service.