Surveys of soldiers show that about 4 in 10 like being in the army, and about 3 in 10 don't. The rest are somewhere in the middle. 

More soldiers like it than don't, but less than half would recommend it to a friend, the surveys say - so the army's not like the adverts.

In fact, people in other jobs are more likely than soldiers to say they enjoy their work - the figures below are from 2016.

Soldiers

Do soldiers like their job?

Workers in other jobs

Do civilians like their jobs?

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Sources: Ministry of Defence, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.