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to all b-schoolers out there - what's your impression of students with a military background? I'm currently a military officer looking to transition into bschool, but frankly i'm worried about not being able to hang with the engineers/IB/MC people. My business knowledge is limited. I understand the good qualities that adcomm's and employers seek out in military candidates (leadership,teamwork, etc.) but i wonder what you guys think of your military classmates? Do they seem to have a good grasp on the curriculum? What do you think?
Conversely, what do you military bschoolers think of your school, classmates, and general MBA life? How hard is it to find a job, or even get respect in the corporate world?
Military backgrounds give you an awesomely powerful network, especially in banking.
I can't see why you should fear following the work - irrespective of your background, business school isn't set up to be a huge stretch into the unknown. It is how it serves its purpose and became so successful (even "quant" classes are hardly that quant, though I am more that background).
My impression of students with a military background is that they can be really intimidating. Several years of learned behavior doesn't go away quickly, and without some work.
most schools have a military club which are very strong and hold pre-recruiting events so you guys get the first jump on recruiters. If the adcom doesn't have an ex-military guy on the committee, they will ask one of the MBA students (VP sort of role in the club) to look at some of the candidates and give input.
I've heard (husband is military with NYU PT program) that Military offiers seem to always show well at recruiting events and IBs really like you guys. Only hard part is proving your quant capabilities so do well in finance classes and GMAT.
I'm currently in consulting right now, and I'm thinking about leaving the corporate world to join the armed services. Ideally, I'd like to be an intelligence officer with the Marine Corps, but I've only been doing light research on it. Do you think it's worth getting in now with the intention of leaving to go to b-school in the future?
To the original poster, what did you study in undergrad? What courses did you take then? Typically schools will assess your skills and require (or not) that you do some pre-courses based (mostly) on your undergrad studies rather than your work experience.