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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 4023
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 11177
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 18050
4 I left the army and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 14464
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 9163
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 6394
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 467
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 7819
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 7472
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 3614
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 827
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4113
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 55800
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 5779
15 How many people finish army training? 7430
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4139
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 2043
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 3632
19 How are women treated in the army? 5824
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3315
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2470
22 What's army pay like? 14219
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 5788
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4293
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 4731
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 1831
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 1728
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3030
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 6112
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3504
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 5045
32 How much time would I spend away? 4400
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 2877
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3077
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3237
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3406
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 5827
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 18818
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5127
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4390
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 4627
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 4782
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4092
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3122
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 7180
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 5256

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