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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 3863
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 10731
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 16832
4 I left the army and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 13420
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 8474
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 6192
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 346
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 7613
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 7266
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 3472
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 538
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4011
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 52548
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 5617
15 How many people finish army training? 7254
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4048
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 1875
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 3493
19 How are women treated in the army? 5665
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3226
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2340
22 What's army pay like? 13774
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 5250
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4196
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 4618
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 1742
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 1642
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 2944
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 5955
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3388
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 4784
32 How much time would I spend away? 4245
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 2792
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 2984
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3132
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3323
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 5692
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 18253
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5020
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4278
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 4502
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 4663
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 3994
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3035
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 6974
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 5093

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