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Joining the army

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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 4726
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 12923
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 24400
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 22035
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 13186
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 7341
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 1234
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 8693
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 8340
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 4177
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 2059
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4601
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 72371
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 6519
15 How many people finish army training? 8213
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4564
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 2793
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 4208
19 How are women treated in the army? 6475
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3748
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2965
22 What's army pay like? 16637
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 7301
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4794
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 5226
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 2229
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 2110
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3379
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 6857
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3979
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 5840
32 How much time would I spend away? 5131
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 3277
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3494
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3596
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3765
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 6477
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 22058
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5649
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4874
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 5151
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 5335
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4562
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3443
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 8078
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 5954

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