Hey! Up here in Canada, I've heard that air force is NOT the way to go. The commitment is upwards of 10 years. Our air force isn't as large as yours( an understatement!). I don't know if you can pick what area you want to fly in down there, but here you are placed in either fighters, choppers, transport, or maritime patrol. You don't get a choice. And if you wind up in fighters or choppers, you can kiss your commercial aviation career out the window. The airlines are big on Crew Resource Management now, and a one man fighter doesn't fit the bill anymore. Anyways, civilian training seems to be the way to go, as long as you are determined, as the jobs won't be calling you, it takes a lot of work and patience. By the way, I, like you, thought military would be the best way to go before I looked into it... There's my 2 cents worth.
Glen Purves, Vancouver Canada.