Before You Sign Up is your no-nonsense, independent guide to joining the army.

There’s essential info for joiners and their parents, and advice for serving soldiers thinking of leaving the army.

The army is not like any other job. Army recruiters tell you what you want to hear. This site tells you what you need to know.

Then you can make the choice that’s best for you.

This site was created and is managed voluntarily by me, David Gee. In consultation with veterans throughout, I have researched several reports covering aspects of military recruitment and employment, including Informed choice? Armed forces recruitment practice in the United Kingdom (2008), The last ambush? Aspects of mental health in the UK armed forces (2013), The first ambush? Effects of army training and employment (2017), and Why 18 matters: A rights-based analysis of child recruitment (2018).

Thanks to many veterans and friends for advice on the content and style of this site, and for spreading the word.

A list of the main sources used for this website is on the sources page. If you want to ask about sources for any of the factual info here, please do.