Thinking of joining the armed forces? Know the facts...
Before You Sign Up - independent information on the pros and cons of joining the British army, navy, marines or RAF

Joining the army

chinookOver 40 questions on what you might need to know before joining the army... If your question isn't answered here, email us.

# Article Title Hits
1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 6592
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 18011
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 41749
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 34382
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 23742
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 9915
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 4256
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 11079
9 Could I stick with the job that I enlisted for? 1294
10 How dangerous is being a soldier? 125426
11 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 10520
12 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 5939
13 How fit would I have to be to join the army 4884
14 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 5855
15 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 8360
16 How many people finish army training? 10453
17 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 5925
18 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Could I still join the army? 6291
19 Which jobs can women apply for? 5768
20 How are women treated in the army? 8332
21 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 4989
22 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 4563
23 What's army pay like? 25031
24 What's the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder? 9497
25 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 6276
26 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 6836
27 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 3404
28 I have a family - could I still join up? 3312
29 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 4666
30 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 8971
31 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 5580
32 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 7742
33 How much time would I spend away? 7162
34 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 4522
35 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 4734
36 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 4791
37 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 4840
38 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 8332
39 What should I ask army recruiters? 33209
40 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 7201
41 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 6294
42 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 6864
43 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 7167
44 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 5883
45 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 4692
46 How much bullying goes on in the army? 10758
47 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 7923

Useful website?