My question is this: what is the fastest/youngest to the National judge level and/or the Master judge level?
I ask because I am usually the youngest person around at any competition in the area at 26 years old. I also have realized that within a little less than a year and a half from my first exam, I had made National. At my current rate, I could be at Master by the beginning of next June. I'm sure someone has done it faster than me or younger than me, but I'm curious.
That's hard to say since the BJCP doesn't track a judge by age, gender, race, or other similar tags.
Anecdotally, I know Kris England made Master when he was 28, so there's a goal for you. As far as soonest to Master, I took a look at some stats and it looks like the fastest was 431 days. Points are more available now through more competitions, and they are also processed faster than in the old days. There are also more study materials available, so that could help some people. It took me 871 days, and that was the fastest I saw until around 2007 or so.
Master rank in the BJCP is a huge accomplishment since it is earned by less than 2% of judges. It's a great recognition to receive regardless of age or time.