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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 12:04
ebonn101 - I'm down south at Fort Stewart, GA... looking forward to heading north for b-school!
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 12:29
For those that went R1 at HBS (so not me), it looks like interview invites will go out on the next three Wednesdays.

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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 17:44
Sorry for the short fuse, but if any military applicants are interested in applying to Tuck and have questions, here's a great way to ask them. Even if you're not interested in Tuck, feel free to join and ask questions:

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College values the experiences and perspectives that Veterans bring to the classrooms and community. This webinar is targeted at helping military service members navigate the business school application process with the goal of increasing the number of Veterans at Tuck and other top business schools.

Title: Tuck School of Business, Veterans Admissions Presentation
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Register at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/672130982

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 08:33
Just got invited to HBS interview! I am currently at Fort Stewart and am planning on going either to Boston or to NYC during the veteran's day weekend. Anyone else out there?
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 08:40
Didn't get invited.

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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 08:43
I wouldn't worry about it. I submitted a few days early so they probably just haven't gotten to yours yet.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 12:07
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Just got invited to HBS interview! I am currently at Fort Stewart and am planning on going either to Boston or to NYC during the veteran's day weekend. Anyone else out there?


If you're making the trip up the east coast anyways I highly recommend interviewing on campus rather than in NYC, particularly if you haven't visited HBS before. I know they say there's no distinction placed on interview location, but all things equal I'd always recommend interviewing on campus if you have the means.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 14:28
Guess I'm waiting until next Wednesday...
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 15:21
Right there with ya.

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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 15:54
same here. no luck for me this early.
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the way I figure, we're all vets so we're used to the hurry up and wait thing.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2011, 20:33
Congrats to all who already received HBS invites, and good luck tomorrow to vets who are still waiting...

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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 16:01
Still nothing from HBS or Wharton but trying to hold out hope.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 17:51
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Good luck to everyone interviewing for R1. I thought this might help those still in the running for R2...

Here are the top 8 most common mistakes I have seen military applicants make this season. The good news is that just about all of these can be addressed...


8. Not coaching their recommenders sufficiently

It’s the applicant’s responsibility to coach and educate his recommender, but often this is a senior officer, and doing so is contrary to the military chain of command and protocol. This awkwardness often leads to miscommunication and a “hope for the best” approach that won’t cut it.

Recommenders should ideally show new perspectives on the applicant, reinforce key applicant value propositions, and shore up perceived weaknesses. Often none of these happen in a military letter of recommendation. Some senior military leaders have written many letters, and are familiar with the process. Others however may not have a clue for what makes a good LOR, and may revert to language found on an applicant’s military performance report, which is often vague and full of not very useful hyperbole.
Applicants should coach their recommenders by making sure they understand what it is business schools look for, and educate them on their own applications and aspirations so that the recommender can do his part.

Lastly, applicants should follow up regularly with the recommender to make sure the LOR is turned in on time, as late recommendations are unfortunately more common than they should be. If a recommender is waiting until the last minute to write your letter, that is also a bad sign he is not investing the time and thought necessary to write a compelling recommendation.

7. Thinking that they shouldn’t try to communicate specific career goals because they don’t know business well enough

“I don’t know anything about business, so I can’t write a specific career goals essay.” This is an initial approach taken by many military applicants. Showing that you have sufficient introspection to know what kind of career you want to pursue, and the ability to follow through with research as to what that actually means, is part of the point of a career goals essay. Not having business experience is not an excuse.

6. Not having enough non-military people review their application

A military applicant can write an essay that he is in love with, and all his military peers may also love it, but it might be confusing, offensive, or just completely incomprehensible to a civilian reader who has never met anybody from the military. If you have ever returned to your hometown after losing a member of your unit on a deployment, and heard for example, “Afghanistan? Oh, do we still have troops there?” – Then you already know what I am talking about. There is a large part of America that is largely insulated from the military. While we should give the admissions committee the benefit of the doubt, it is still to your benefit to get people who you would never otherwise engage with to provide feedback on your essays. I mean people who live far away from military bases, who don’t know anything about the military, and are a different gender and generation from you. Getting their perspective may point to serious holes in your assumptions about what some people actually know.

5. Writing a resume without a civilian perspective

This one is pretty straightforward. Translating your military accomplishments into civilian friendly language, getting rid of all jargon, and emphasizing what is important to a civilian reader necessitates help from a civilian who knows how to write proper resumes. Make sure you have a trusted advisor for this step.

4. Underestimating the GMAT


Never count on a GMAT score until you have taken the official test. I’ve seen applicants who sometimes consistently score 700 on practice CAT exams end up walking out of the testing center with something in the high 500s. That may be an extreme case, but it’s not uncommon for applicant to score 50-100 points less than they hoped for on the day of the actual exam. The reasons for this are outside the scope of this article, but the point is that don’t count on a score until you have an official one in hand. This means that you shouldn’t go forward with your application with a plan to just take the GMAT late in the ballgame and assume a top score. Taking such a strategy has caused many to delay for a later round, or force an application with a poor score.

The best thing to do is to take the GMAT well in advance…. Well before even starting applications. Having a score in hand will free you up to completely focus on the application itself, and give you a better idea on which schools you should apply to as well. If it’s too late to take it well in advance (at least 6 months prior to the application), then at least leave time to retake the exam a second time after 4-6 weeks if needed. One’s first shot at the GMAT really ought to therefore be an absolute minimum of 10 weeks prior to the application deadline. I also advice applicants not to work on their GMAT prep and essays at the same time if possible. Either is difficult enough on its own and takes a full commitment.

3. Underpreparing for the interview

Most military applicants have never had a b-school style interview in their lives. Knowing how to properly handle insightful questions, awareness of how to read and communicate body language, engaging the interviewer in conversation (not just monologue), feeling confident speaking about your history, your future plans, your familiarity with the school, and current market events, all take some serious time and effort.
Between the GMAT and essays, some applicants may spend hundreds of hours towards their application. With the interview weighing in as much as a third of your overall application, spending an hour or two in preparation shows a complete asymmetry in one’s planning. It would be like spending 200 hours preparing for ingress and egress on a mission, and spending 2 hours for actions on objective. Make sure you get the support you need to prepare if you are unfamiliar with these styles of interviews.

2. Assuming their military experience is unique

Military applicants sometimes think that their international, Pentagon, or MOS experience, by themselves, makes them unique enough to stand out from the crowd. Similarly, some applicants with weak GPAs from a service academy think/hope they will be cut a break from schools because life at a service academy is more demanding than non-service academies. All of the above are poor assumptions to make.

Of all the military applicants at a school like HBS, it is unlikely any MOS or deployment experience is the first they have seen. It is likely there is at least one, if not a half dozen or more other applicants with a similar enough profile. Furthermore, there are plenty of applicants with top GPAs from military academies, so the thought that attendance at a service academy, by itself, will mitigate a low GPA, is also a poor assumption. In other words, one should not over-assume strengths or underplay weaknesses in comparison to his competition.

None of the above implies that one’s military or undergraduate experience cannot be leveraged to deliver a great application. Certainly some experiences can be very compelling; they just can’t be assumed to be enough. It will still take a lot of effort to find your voice.

1. Self-selecting out of top schools

“I don’t have the stats for my dream school, so I’m not going to apply.” – More often than not, this is wrongly assumed. GPA and GMAT are not the only criteria… and why would you ever self-select yourself out anyway? At worst case, you lose the application fee and spent some time adjusting/improving your portfolio of application essays. Why not let the school make the final decision? The only way to guarantee you won’t get in is not to try.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 09:24
Waitlisted R1 at HBS, application deferred to R2 for further review.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 09:41
Best Value MBA Programs for Vets Using Post-9/11 GI Bill

Year 2 (2010-2011 Analysis Below)

Group I
High MBA School Ranking, 80-100% Tuition Waiver
Each MBA school in this category rated high academically and also committed to reduce costs for veterans in an effort to lower their overall tuition rates. All of the schools in this category rank Top 20 in quality and they cover 80% or more of tuition costs for veterans. Four of these MBA schools waive 100% of their tuition for veterans who qualify, which makes them obvious choices to attend if you can get in and receive funding.

Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business
University of Michigan
School of Business
Cornell University
School of Management
Carnegie Mellon
Tepper School of Business
Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Washington University St. Louis Olin Business School

Group II
Highest MBA School Ranking, 20-40% Tuition Waiver
MBA schools in this group rate high for the quality of their MBA programs. In fact, all are in the Top 7. However, these MBA programs committed less funding relative to other schools to help veterans offset high costs of tuition. There are quality-price tradeoffs to attend these schools, but higher tuitions could be offset with better reputations, future careers and higher compensation. The challenge for this group of MBA schools continues to be stepping up their financial commitments, which are subsequently matched by the VA, to make their programs even more valuable for veterans and their families.

Harvard Business School
University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School of Business
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business
University of Chicago
Booth School
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management
Stanford University
Graduate School of Business
M.I.T.Sloan School of Management

Group III
Lower MBA School Ranking, 25-70% Tuition Waiver
Even though none of these universities rate in the Top 7 academically, there are many outstanding programs from well-regarding MBA schools in this cluster. Several in this category compete on a tuition basis with Group I and the majority are Top 20 in terms of quality. You should evaluate any meaningful tradeoffs, include factors such as location and consider your situation in deciding to attend these MBA schools.

UCLA Anderson Graduate School
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
University of North Carolina School of Business
Emory University
Goizueta Business School
Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
USC Marshall School of Business
University of Notre Dame School of Business

Year 3 (2011-2012 Coming in July) has yet to be updated
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 00:13
A nice little article & video about a few of the veterans we have here at Kellogg.

http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/ ... urce=enews
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2011, 09:17
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A nice little article & video about a few of the veterans we have here at Kellogg.

http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/ ... urce=enews


That's good news, I interviewed there Friday and I think it went really well. I haven't figured out if my AFSC is helping or hurting me though as an acquisitions officer. I've never deployed and never led troops in combat, however I have significant team leadership and business experience working with defense contractors. So far I'm 0 for 2 with a ding at both HBS and Wharton but the interview went well at Kellogg and CBS hasn't even started reviewing my app yet so I haven't given up hope.
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Re: Calling all US Military Fall 2012 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 17:21
Sorry to hear about the dings Mappleby. The one lesson I learned last year was to always always apply to a safety school, it really takes the heat off. I didnt, only applied to cream of the crop schools, and I regretted it when crunch time came and dings started rolling in. I wish I had gotten in somewhere R1, because all R2 would have been was me trying to trade up. I got lucky but I hate to think what would have happened if I hadn't been admitted.

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