We came together from all walks of life. Over 20 countries were represented in my unit. The only thing any of us had in common was a desire to start our lives over. The languages spoken were as diverse as the Man standing around me. Many of them left their homes because they committed some crime that would mean a death penalty or at leased life in prison. Yet for some reason I learned to trust each and every one of them with my life.
This group of misfits would train daily at my side to fight and each of us knew we didn’t have anything to loose it we died on the battle field. The story is common place among the army of mercenaries known as the French Foreign Legion. Our unit was nicknamed the 2nd REP.
This is one example where diversity is a strength. These Men are loyal to the Legion, for they have no where else to go. There is a dynamic that the military has, that no other situation does. Where else would you risk your life for someone you hardly know?
We came from all over the world. In many cases our country’s governments would have had us fighting each other. Yet we found a bound as broths even though we may not have spoken the same language. I find myself at odds with the diversity debates because I have seen it work. On the other have the Legion takes the other government s out of the picture, maybe that is why it works.