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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 4042
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 11216
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 18182
4 I left the army and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 14565
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 9254
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 6412
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 482
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 7846
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 7498
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 3628
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 866
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4127
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 56169
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 5797
15 How many people finish army training? 7459
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4149
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 2061
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 3660
19 How are women treated in the army? 5854
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3331
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2481
22 What's army pay like? 14277
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 5897
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4318
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 4749
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 1847
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 1740
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3038
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 6141
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3517
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 5070
32 How much time would I spend away? 4420
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 2887
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3089
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3249
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3414
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 5844
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 18907
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5137
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4411
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 4643
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 4796
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4104
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3133
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 7211
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 5276

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