I understand your point, but the same way airlines hire captains and not first officers, I'd think if a group of people are more likely to succeed at the actual job, the FAA should look for those people regardless of them not doing any better in OKC itself. I grew up listening to ATC scanners watching airplanes all day, played all the ATC simulators, fly on VATSIM all the time following real SIDs, STARs, and routes, ect. I'm super nerdy about this stuff and would go into it WANTING to learn not just HAVING to learn. I really think the FAA needs a better way to find those people. I mean in my current job I have a lot of responsibility, we don't just do ramp control, I'm doing ops for 50+ airlines and running 2 terminals making all the decisions. I love what I do and don't even feel like I have a job. I'm constantly recognized by airport, airline, and FAA management for doing a great job and was made the trainer 3 years into working here when some people have been here 19 years. It's because of my attitude, my passion for aviation, and nothing else. I was a "D" average 2.0 highschool student on the brink of expulsion for crazy pranks because I was bored and didn't care. But if I do care, I really care, and I've excelled in training for every random aviation job I've had while I'm sure I wouldn't last 1 week in a cubicle. I'm not alone by any means there. If you love what you do, you'll probably be good at it. If you do it for the paycheck, not so much.Having some aviation experience is an advantage at the facility level. But to get there you have to pass the FAA Academy first. It doesn't matter whether someone there was a prior controller, pilot, ramp control, no experience, etc. The failure rate was about the same across the board the last couple years.