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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 3081
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 9042
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 13400
4 I left the army and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 10582
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 6383
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 5163
7 Could I buy myself out of the army? 6698
8 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 6423
9 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 2787
10 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 3464
11 How dangerous is being a soldier? 42278
12 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 4813
13 How many people finish army training? 6395
14 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 3511
15 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 1094
16 Which jobs can women apply for? 2846
17 How are women treated in the army? 4970
18 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 2690
19 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 1737
20 What's army pay like? 12260
21 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 4449
22 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 3636
23 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 4192
24 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 1379
25 I have a family - could I still join up? 1306
26 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 2565
27 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 5365
28 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 2961
29 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 3916
30 How much time would I spend away? 3688
31 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 2478
32 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 2656
33 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 2801
34 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 2992
35 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 5161
36 What should I ask army recruiters? 16292
37 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 4542
38 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 3831
39 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 4001
40 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 4168
41 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 3577
42 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 2698
43 How much bullying goes on in the army? 6182
44 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 4540

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