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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 3624
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 10149
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 15376
4 I left the army and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 12144
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 7678
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 5915
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 187
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 7346
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 7009
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 3303
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 207
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 3869
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 48694
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 5406
15 How many people finish army training? 6993
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 3917
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 1665
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 3313
19 How are women treated in the army? 5468
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3090
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2188
22 What's army pay like? 13276
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 5041
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4041
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 4478
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 1634
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 1546
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 2837
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 5762
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3250
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 4433
32 How much time would I spend away? 4053
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 2696
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 2884
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3030
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3214
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 5521
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 17480
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 4882
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4153
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 4346
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 4523
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 3880
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 2932
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 6678
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 4924

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