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1 Would I need my parents'/guardians' permission to join the armed forces? 4349
2 I'm under 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 11991
3 I'm over 18 - could I leave the army if I didn't like it? 20677
4 I left the army and am thinking of joining up again - could I? How long for? 17253
5 How long could I stay in the army? (and how long do most people stay?) 10961
6 What is the minimum/maximum age for joining the armed forces? 6839
7 I'm not a British citizen - can I still join the army? 739
8 Could I buy myself out of the army? 8218
9 Do soldiers enjoy their job? 7866
10 What papers would I have to sign if I enlist? 3879
11 How fit would I have to be to join the army 1409
12 Could I complain if I wasn't treated fairly? 4346
13 How dangerous is being a soldier? 63261
14 Is it true that I'd get free dental treatment, travel, pension... in the army? 6125
15 How many people finish army training? 7817
16 I'm black / from an ethnic minority background - would I be treated well in the army? 4353
17 In the past I've been in trouble with the law. Would I be barred from joining the army? 2386
18 Which jobs can women apply for? 3913
19 How are women treated in the army? 6122
20 Would I have to be 18 before I could be sent to a war zone? 3524
21 I've had some medical problems - could I still join the army? 2692
22 What's army pay like? 15243
23 Do people still get shell-shock / long-term stress? 6932
24 If I found I disagreed with the army after I'd joined up, could I leave? 4537
25 What would happen if I disagreed with an order? 4973
26 I have a partner/husband/wife - could I still join up? 2026
27 I have a family - could I still join up? 1915
28 Are soldiers happy with their kit? 3186
29 As a soldier, would I have to kill people? 6452
30 Would mental health problems stop me from joining? 3708
31 I have a tattoo / unusual height or weight etc. etc. Would I be barred from joining the army? 5454
32 How much time would I spend away? 4730
33 Do soldiers feel valued by the army? 3064
34 How many soldiers would recommend their job to others? 3258
35 Do soldiers feel proud to be in the army? 3410
36 What do soldiers most value about their jobs? 3574
37 What are the most common complaints that soldiers make? 6132
38 What should I ask army recruiters? 20154
39 Do the army recruiters, websites and brochures tell the truth? 5359
40 How easy would it be to return to civilian life after leaving the army? 4627
41 What kind of accommodation would I live in in the army? 4873
42 I'm lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender - would I be treated well in the army? 5036
43 Would the army help me to get qualifications? 4294
44 What kind of support would I get if I had problems in the army? 3287
45 How much bullying goes on in the army? 7600
46 How much sport / travel / adventure is there in the army? 5570

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