But, people often took three years to get third Kyu. While "It's all about the journey, etc, etc" a friend of mine joined the FBI and had six months of training in All aspects of her job including combat, investigation, firearms, law...so three years to get to this level of training is something I have had to reevaluate for personal reasons.
Not really a fair comparison, unless you were training 40 hours a week for three years.
40 hours x 26 weeks = 1040 training hours. That's 2-4 years at 5-10 hours a week.