I took me 5 years to get on, now I receive an order every three weeks. Not really worth the hassle.
Most on the list have about 20 years plus experience, I was the least experienced on my panel with 8 years. I imagine 2.5 years means you should get comfortable waiting...the panel reviewer told me I was one of three that got added my year, they have since added only three more. The only thing that pushed me ahead of the other 1,000 applicants was my demo report I submitted. Not sure what was so special about it, but it got me through.