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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 6100
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 16518
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 37073
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 30737
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 21051
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 9252
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 3395
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 10497
9 Could I stick with the job that I enlisted for? 888
10 How dangerous is being a soldier? 111229
11 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 9944
12 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 5435
13 How fit would I have to be to join the army 4257
14 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 5481
15 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 7908
16 How many people finish army training? 9912
17 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 5537
18 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Could I still join the army? 4896
19 Which jobs can women apply for? 5376
20 How are women treated in the army? 7855
21 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 4634
22 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 4121
23 What's army pay like? 22896
24 What's the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder? 8877
25 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 5826
26 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 6391
27 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 3068
28 I have a family - could I still join up? 2945
29 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 4278
30 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 8435
31 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 5113
32 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 7254
33 How much time would I spend away? 6651
34 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 4118
35 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 4373
36 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 4426
37 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 4526
38 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 7837
39 What should I ask army recruiters? 30400
40 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 6724
41 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 5906
42 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 6402
43 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 6661
44 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 5533
45 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 4275
46 How much bullying goes on in the army? 10028
47 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 7409

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