The British army is not like anything else you've known, even if you've been an army cadet.

Get the facts here before you sign up. There's some advice for parents too.

And if you're in the army now and want to leave, this site sets out your options.

BeforeYouSignUp.info is independent and aims to be honest about army life.

Some soldiers love the army - others regret signing up. Here are a few things that soldiers often say they like and don't like about their job.…

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About 4 in 10 soldiers say they like being in the army. In other jobs, about 6 in 10 workers say they like them. On the other hand, there are more soldiers who like their jobs than hate their jobs.…

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You can get a better deal from army life if you join at 18 or older. Here's why.…

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After the first few months you are 'locked in' to the army for at least four years and sometimes longer, so make sure you know the rules before you sign up. Here are the details.…

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A lot of new soldiers leave training or are told to leave. 1 in 3 of the youngest recruits drop out - you've a better chance of getting through it if you join when you're over 18.…

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The courses you get to do in the army vary hugely, depending on the job you sign up for. If you want training that you can use later, sign up for an army trade (mechanic, electrician, welder...).…

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Soldiers stay in the army for an average of about 8 years, which is a lot longer than most people in other jobs.…

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How dangerous it is for soldiers depends on the kind of job they have in the army and whether they're sent to war. Here are a few things to think about before you sign up.…

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Any soldier might have to kill at close range and all are trained to do so. Some soldiers are more likely than others to kill people in war, especially the infantry.…

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Soldiers often complain about their pay, saying it doesn't make up for the hardships of the army, but there are some perks, like a free pension and free dental treatment.…

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Are you ready to deal with any bullying in the army? Most soldiers aren't bullied but it does happen and it can be rough - the army is trying to deal with it but the problem hasn't gone away.…

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Visit these sites to find out more about army life from (very) different points of view:…

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