My father was clearly a mentor. He told me if you work 10 years and you worked 40 hours a week, then you had 10 years experience. But if you worked 10 years and you worked 60 hours a week, then you had 15 years' experience.
I graduated college in 1992 and didn't reach a sizable audience with my column for nine solid years. If I had started ten years later, or ten years sooner, everything could have happened sooner, obviously. But if I had started fifteen years later? I don't know.
We would take a little bit of money out of a huge increase in ballistic missile defense and put it in a place where it will do a lot of good, namely, in targeted pay increases to our enlisted personnel, particularly our NCOs and our junior warrant officers.
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