This article does not intend to discuss the macro-economic ramifications of this new feature, merely the personal benefits.
As I'm sure you're well aware, you receive a Super Soldier medal every 250 strength. Along with said medal (as with all medals) you receive a 5g reward. This effectively makes each strength point worth 250/5 = 0.02g
Note:These calculations neglect the "bonus" strength/day from working+training in the time to get a SS medal, as these are merely meant as a comparison between different qualities. Thus time to recoup is overestimated.
Let's look at some common scenarios:
The new player
Likely has q1 Training Grounds, does not gold train.
As you can see, it is extremely beneficial to upgrade your Training Grounds, since they're free to use anyways. After 112 (or 196) days, you will essentially be making an extra 0.1g (0.2g) per day as well as having gained an additional 560 (1120) strength in that time period!
The older player
Likely has q2 Training Grounds, and q2 Climbing Center, and spends 0.19g on training/day (price neglected in calculations, as the player is spending it anyways)
Older players have it the worst at the q2->q3 upgrade level. It would take over a year to recoup the costs of the upgrade (mainly because of the low rate-of-return on the Climbing Center), but in that time, you would have at least gained an additional 2800 strength than you otherwise would have.
The gold beast
Has q2 Training Grounds, Climbing Center, Shooting Range, and Special Forces Center and spends 3.47g on training/day (price neglected in calculations, as the player is spending it anyways)
Gold beasts will have undoubtedly got the upgrades without hesitation anyways, as they can't afford to be surpassed in strength (and whats a measly 112g anyways? ) However, their investment will be repaid in 249 days, resulting in an extra 5602 strength in that time frame
For a brief glimpse at all the cost recoup times, here's a simple chart
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