Most soldiers get through training but a lot leave or or are sent home - especially if you join before you're 18. You've a better chance of getting through training if you join after you turn 18.

Here are some of the main reasons that new recruits leave during training:

  • The army isn't as good as they thought it would be.
  • They miss their family or their mates from home.
  • They don't like losing control of how they live.
  • They break the rules and are thrown out.
  • They get injured or have a medical problem, so they can't carry on.

For these and other reasons, 1 in 3 younger recruits and 1 in 4 adult recruits don't get through training.

Joined army under 18

How hard is army training if you're under 18?


Joined army over 18

How hard is army training if you're over 18?


If you leave school at 16 to join the army but then drop out during training, it can be hard to get back into school/college or to get another job, which is another reason why it's a good idea to wait until you're 18 before signing up.


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