In 1983, Evan McGorman read a magazine article about the French Foreign Legion and for the next six years was consumed by the romantic notion of running away to join up. In 1989, after having served four years as a gunner in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, he enlisted. He spent the next five years as a member of the Legion's 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2eme REP). During his final three years as a legionnaire, Evan served as a radio operator in exotic and often dangerous locales, from Chad to Sarajevo during the height of the war. His contract with the Legion expired in 1994.