Let me introduce myself, I'm 21, finishing a history degree and currently applying to join as a soldier. My main ambition is to join the Intelligence Corps, but I understand that selection is pretty tough, so naturally I need a backup plan. I personally don't feel ready to go to Sandhurst yet, I feel I lack life experience, and this is only exacerbated by the fact I look young for my age. I've heard from numerous people within the Army that the best officers come from the ranks, so my question is this: Is it a good idea to enlist as a soldier, with a view to serving 4 years or so before applying to Sandhurst? I would likely be applying for roles in technical trades such as engineering and signals, if that helps answer this question. I have no objection to applying for combat roles, but I don't know if I could get my run times down within a workable time frame. Currently at about 13 minutes. Thank you for your time.