Originally Posted by herolee10
I think it was for about 3 years since he started active duty in 1942 until 1945 when he crashed Red Skull's plane in the arctic.
Less than that, actually. The sequence in Italy, the USO show and Steve rescuing Bucky happen at the end of 1943.
Even if Steve went down very late in the war, weeks before VE-Day, it'd still be no more than a year and a half.
Fury and Rhodey are both Colonels, so they served for around 20 years.
MY point was that while experience accounts for a lot, there are still those people who are naturally gifted and manage to achieve and learn plenty in less time than others.