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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 6626
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 18043
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 41786
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 34423
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 23782
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 9937
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 4284
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 11104
9 Could I stick with the job that I enlisted for? 1330
10 How dangerous is being a soldier? 125581
11 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 10558
12 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 5973
13 How fit would I have to be to join the army 4916
14 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 5881
15 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 8389
16 How many people finish army training? 10482
17 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 5953
18 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Could I still join the army? 6344
19 Which jobs can women apply for? 5797
20 How are women treated in the army? 8367
21 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 5016
22 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 4596
23 What's army pay like? 25080
24 What's the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder? 9532
25 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 6301
26 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 6868
27 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 3429
28 I have a family - could I still join up? 3332
29 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 4693
30 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 9000
31 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 5604
32 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 7765
33 How much time would I spend away? 7194
34 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 4560
35 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 4760
36 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 4824
37 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 4874
38 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 8356
39 What should I ask army recruiters? 33250
40 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 7233
41 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 6318
42 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 6894
43 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 7212
44 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 5915
45 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 4730
46 How much bullying goes on in the army? 10812
47 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 7954

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