. . . About eight years ago, I had coffee with an OOT (outer org trainee) who had gone to Flag to train up to be the org's Senior CS. He had just gotten back a few months earlier. He went from not trained, the ground up to Class 6 auditor and CS (including internships); Clear Certainty Rundown CS, course supervisor training, TRs course sup, KTL sup/CS, and a few other smaller rundowns. Don’t remember which. But the point is he trained on everything he needed to anchor the technical team at his org as Senior CS. GAT I everything. While he was there, he also co-audited to Grade 3 as I recall. Well, I asked him how long it took to do all that since I thought it was just an incredible amount of training to do in one gulp . . . one stay at Flag and on full-time training. I figured a year or two . . . or three at the very most. He told me. Hearing his answer, any lesser mortal would have spit out her coffee but I kept my cool. He was at Flag for eight (8) years full-time. I’m still incredulous about this even as I write, but it’s the god-honest truth. I double checked to make sure I was hearing right. Yes, eight years.