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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 4584
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 12575
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 22960
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 20336
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 12349
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 7140
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 1056
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 8510
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 8159
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 4048
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 1815
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4503
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 68636
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 6389
15 How many people finish army training? 8068
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4493
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 2637
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 4102
19 How are women treated in the army? 6345
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3673
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2863
22 What's army pay like? 16091
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 7152
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4696
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 5137
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 2160
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 2043
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3303
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 6706
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3878
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 5707
32 How much time would I spend away? 4986
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 3195
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3406
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3528
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3684
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 6344
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 21148
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5534
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4767
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 5052
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 5217
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4452
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3384
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 7895
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 5816

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