In the Marines, a “boot” is a new Marine and is what you are referred as for the first two years of your service, regardless of your rank. When I served in the Marines, one of the things that bothered me as a boot was that leadership positions were assigned based upon experience. The idea was that because the senior Marines had been in longer than the new guys they were more qualified to lead, but unfortunately this wasn’t always the case. Blue Bridge has been in business nearly three times longer than I was a boot (six years). In reflecting upon my own experiences as a developer and seeing much amateur work over the years I've come to appreciate how important of a factor experience is and how the Marines might have ended up with that simplistic system. Experience has a tremendous impact on how a project is accomplished and much of the time, that impact is felt directly by the client in their bottom line.