In Dirac, the war for fake, the commitment for real

It was because he was there on the 14the Charente citizens’ rally, organized by the departmental military delegation, in partnership with the Academic Directorate of National Education Services and the Institute of Advanced National Defense Studies. The event, aimed at high school students in the department, brought together around a hundred second-year students from nine establishments.

“The objective is to spread a spirit of defense, in the civil and military sense,” explains Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe. “But also to maintain the link between the army and the nation.”


Teamwork around a criminal identification scene.

Renaud Joubert

On the six fenced hectares of the former munitions depot turned training camp, the mixed teams set off as soon as the colors ceremony was over, and under the authority of Colonel Ulm. “What I expect from this tournament is not that our young people finish first or that they pass all the tests, even if they will be congratulated. But although they show respect for others and the rules, and demonstrate a desire to learn in a team spirit and camaraderie,” recalled the colonel.


The students follow the final instructions before setting off on the 515th regiment route.

Renaud Joubert

At the level of the space occupied today by the 515e Braconne train regiment, a soundtrack lets you hear bullets flying, shells raining, and there is a wounded person to be evacuated from the 1944 landing zone, simulated for the occasion. A few steps away, participants practice stretching under the watchful eye of firefighters from the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service. Before going to the police for a criminal identification scene, scripted in the form of an ‘escape game’.

“These are games,” underlines Colonel Ulm. “The objective is not to recruit, although of course we are there to guide young people who wish to do so.” And there are many of them these days who are listening attentively to the military sirens. “We want to get involved,” proclaim Yoan and Yohan, both students at the Jean-Albert Grégoire professional high school in Soyaux. “We like the physical challenge, and in the army there are plenty of jobs where you can learn a wide variety of things.”

The crossing route was one of the most difficult obstacles for the young people to overcome.


The crossing route was one of the most difficult obstacles for the young people to overcome.

Renaud Joubert

Denis, a student at the Chasseneuil professional high school, targets the gendarmerie “but rather the intervention groups”. Enzo, a high school student at Saint-Paul in Angoulême, sees his future commitment to the army as a path towards greater rigor. Others hope for the joy of working in a group towards a common goal, and even the intoxicating sensation of being one with your people.

The military supervisors were attentive to the team spirit of each participating group.


The military supervisors were attentive to the team spirit of each participating group.

Renaud Joubert

The army has a good image and the appearance of military institutions inspires confidence.

How can a generation so far removed from the war, which has not even experienced national service, be able to plan to this extent towards a military career? “There is a need for commitment to something,” explains Gilles Dessus, history and geography teacher at Charles Coulomb high school. “The army has a good image and the appearance of military institutions inspires confidence.”

Fingerprint workshop with a criminal identification technician.


Fingerprint workshop with a criminal identification technician.

Renaud Joubert

From Fortnite to Kharkiv, there is still a world

Thus, a recent national study shows that a majority of young people now want the return of compulsory military service. “A paradox, when we think of the criticisms made against him not so long ago,” continues the teacher, who confirms the interest his students also have in the question.

“I want to sign up to have weapons, like in Call of Duty,” says Leonel, a high school student in Soyaux. The fact is that from Fortnite to Kharkiv, there is still a world. You don’t have to be exposed to the front to be able to play being one for a day. “It’s true that there is a nostalgia for the military which is largely idealized by reports, series or video games” confirms Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe. “It’s also the point of this day to break down some preconceived ideas.”

In Dirac this Wednesday, we sweated and scared ourselves a little. But we knew that in the evening we would come home and drink hot chocolate. The difficulties in recruiting also show that there is a step from speech to commitment. “Not everyone can be an officer,” warns Colonel Ulm. “And our recruitment needs are mainly for non-commissioned members, who are less attractive. On the other hand, in positions like IT for example, we are in tough competition with the civilian sector. A computer scientist in the army will have the rank of non-commissioned officer, and will be paid much less than an engineer in the civilian sector,” he recalls, specifying all the same that the tension on recruitment is less strong than it is. a few years ago. “The recruitment curve generally follows international crises.”

The ranking of the 2024 edition

1. J. Monnet high school in Cognac 2. Saint-Paul high school in Angoulême 3. E. Vinet high school in Barbezieux (team 1) 4. J. Rostand high school in Angoulême 5. JA high school. Grégoire de Soyaux 6. Lycée E. Roux de Confolens 7. Lycée CA. Coulomb d’Angoulême (team 2) 8. Lycée E. Vinet de Barbezieux (team 2) 9. Lycée CA. Coulomb d’Angoulême (team 1) 10. Lycée A. Chabanne de Chasseneuil 11. LISA d’Angoulême

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