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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 5186
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 14017
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 28422
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 25348
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 15744
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 7956
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 1836
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 9226
9 Could I stick with the job that I enlisted for? 168
10 How dangerous is being a soldier? 84265
11 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 8910
12 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 4589
13 How fit would I have to be to join the army 2839
14 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4883
15 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 6998
16 How many people finish army training? 8783
17 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4832
18 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Could I still join the army? 3368
19 Which jobs can women apply for? 4596
20 How are women treated in the army? 6913
21 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 4014
22 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 3322
23 What's army pay like? 18357
24 What's the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder? 7835
25 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 5129
26 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 5557
27 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 2477
28 I have a family - could I still join up? 2358
29 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3623
30 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 7332
31 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 4309
32 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 6303
33 How much time would I spend away? 5591
34 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 3519
35 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3747
36 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3823
37 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3978
38 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 6910
39 What should I ask army recruiters? 24594
40 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5941
41 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 5166
42 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 5522
43 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 5690
44 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4836
45 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3666
46 How much bullying goes on in the army? 8684
47 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 6397

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