I'm finishing college soon and I'm going to start my application process but what is putting me off is my injury. I have IT band syndrome which could take up to 6 months to fully resolve. I can barely run 3 or 4 miles without getting twinges on my bands. I was thinking of taking a year out; possibley do a stint of international charity work and employment(if possible), I think it would bolster my CV and show life experience, do you think this is a good idea? I'm a little confused, could I get my application started while I'd be doing this? My application would take a long time anyways (security clearance at least 6 months). I'm in a little bit of dilema; I'm injured but could clear up by the time I'm called for fitness tests. If I go international; could I start my application process while I'm away.