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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 5544
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 14948
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 31811
4 I was in the forces before and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 27545
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 17935
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 8462
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 2357
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 9727
9 Could I stick with the job that I enlisted for? 448
10 How dangerous is being a soldier? 94316
11 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 9306
12 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 4902
13 How fit would I have to be to join the army 3395
14 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 5135
15 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 7377
16 How many people finish army training? 9219
17 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 5140
18 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Could I still join the army? 3877
19 Which jobs can women apply for? 4928
20 How are women treated in the army? 7298
21 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 4270
22 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 3663
23 What's army pay like? 20089
24 What's the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder? 8216
25 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 5415
26 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 5881
27 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 2724
28 I have a family - could I still join up? 2614
29 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3889
30 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 7771
31 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 4632
32 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 6696
33 How much time would I spend away? 6010
34 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 3775
35 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3995
36 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 4074
37 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 4209
38 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 7319
39 What should I ask army recruiters? 26648
40 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 6251
41 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 5444
42 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 5853
43 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 6089
44 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 5129
45 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3941
46 How much bullying goes on in the army? 9218
47 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 6830

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