The result of this fast leveling pace I experienced first hand.
Got randomly challenged by what I can only imagine to bel a noob VA.
Probably just been promoted, got his new ship and felt incredibly powerful.
He was flying a Prometheus Class and should have shredded me, cause escorts are so powerful with the new skill system.
I outdamaged him 3:1 in my Souvereign and beat him by:
-letting myself damage so much I could summon fleet support and watch
-using no abilities at all, just basic phasers and shield distribution
-parking my ship above the spacestation in "solar wind" and let autofire do the job...
The fast leveling pace produces low quality players who have no idea what they are doing.
Kudos: he kept coming at me and finished the match.
Sadly he could just as easily have been a VA for a year. Due to fighting mostly just NPCs, some players never really learn how to best use their skills or experiment with their builds. At VA levels, if you don't have any prior experience in PvP (or great space combat experience) you'll likely find yourself being casually blown up. For some the learning curve is far too steep and just never bother with PvP again.