As a matter of interest, in those three years, do you feel you are closer to joining the Armed Forces or less likely to do so?
The average pipeline from submitting an application to commencing recruit training actually averages 11 months at present.
The thing to consider is that everyone joining for the first time has 6 months to decide whether to continue or wrap.
Better to try than regret not trying & regretting not finding out. You have life experience, granted but what advice do you have to offer those joining?
I can definitely say that now more than ever, the RM is the right choice for me, however before now it wouldn't have.
Those 3 years (and the 3 years before that after I left school) has given me alot of time to do alot of stuff.
I made quite a few mistakes but I also avoided alot of other far bigger blunders.
If you are a young guy in his teens, then I'd say sure get your application under way because it is pretty arduous and last thing you want is to dream of joining the services, only to find yourself being turned away due to an unfortunate medical record.
This said, throw yourself at other goals. Build some other skillsets, complete some other challenges. Any personal stuff that needs fixing in your life, get that fixed now. I never really wanted to join the RM with the mindset that they will fix my problems. I wanted to have my problems fixed before joining.
To me, the bottom line, is your personality seems to be the decider in RM. That said, getting some character shaping experiences under your belt, is no bad thing and civvy street can genuinely throw anything at you, so there is something to be gained.