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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 5032
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 13687
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 27226
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 24480
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 14939
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 7737
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 1628
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 9063
9 Could I stick with the job that I enlisted for? 71
10 How dangerous is being a soldier? 80182
11 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 8756
12 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 4458
13 How fit would I have to be to join the army 2619
14 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4799
15 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 6857
16 How many people finish army training? 8587
17 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4743
18 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Could I still join the army? 3144
19 Which jobs can women apply for? 4462
20 How are women treated in the army? 6754
21 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3921
22 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 3193
23 What's army pay like? 17734
24 What's the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder? 7667
25 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 5026
26 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 5447
27 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 2398
28 I have a family - could I still join up? 2274
29 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3542
30 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 7198
31 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 4206
32 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 6159
33 How much time would I spend away? 5458
34 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 3444
35 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3666
36 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3757
37 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3919
38 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 6787
39 What should I ask army recruiters? 23833
40 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5844
41 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 5076
42 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 5392
43 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 5572
44 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4745
45 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3592
46 How much bullying goes on in the army? 8489
47 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 6261

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