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Military Officer Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 14:18
Hello! Thanks in advance for your time.

Age - 29 (2005 college grad), 30 at matriculation
Gender - Male
Nationality - American
Ethnicity - White

Undergrad - Major Land Grant School- Chemical Engineering
GPA - 3.6
Graduate (in progress concurrent with employment will finish before matriculation) - Major State Land Grant, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Specialty
GMAT - 740 (49 Q, 42 V)
GPA - 3.6

Work experience -
Nuclear Submarine Officer - US Navy
- Currently the Assistant Professor of Naval Science (ROTC), leadership instructor to 250 aspiring Navy and Marine Corps officers. Teach accredited courses in Naval Engineering and Naval Weapons Systems.
- Held multiple leadership positions as one of thirteen officers in charge of a nuclear submarine and her 130 member crew.
- Co-op engineer with 20 months full time experience at Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer during college.

Recs/stories -
Current and former Commanding Officer. Current master's thesis adviser.

Other extracurricular-
- College Marching Band at Land Grant School

Plans for after school-
Nuclear industry leadership/clean tech/chemicals. Need solid transition back to civilian world after 6.5 years of active military service.

I will be applying this fall for entry in fall of 2012 Any thoughts on the below schools? Should I include safety schools? I am interested in:
HBS
MIT
Wharton
Tuck
Darden

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Re: Military Officer Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 16:05
I think you should have a reasonable shot of getting into at least one if not a few of the schools on your list.

The good thing is that military officers are the most coveted kinds of applicants. So you're in a good position there.

What you have to your advantage compared to other military officers is one thing: a stronger academic history (GMAT, GPA, analytical/quant background), with comparable quality of leadership experience that many officers bring to the table (at least in the eyes of a civilian like an adcom). Yes, you may not have as many war stories as the special ops guys or Marines, but your analytical background can help you sell the fact that your transition into civilian careers (and more specifically corporate/business careers) is likely going to be even smoother.

As long as you're able to stress your leadership experience (much like other military officers will) as well as showing that you understand what aspects of your military experience is transferrable to the business world and what aspects are not -- you should have a reasonable shot at all the schools you mentioned (including HBS and Wharton).

Basically, don't screw up your application and you'll be fine.
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Re: Military Officer Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 09:53
Alex, thanks for your evaluation. What do you think about age? 30 at matriculation? Am I too old for HBS?
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Re: Military Officer Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 11:38
As a military officer, your age won't be an issue at HBS or any other school.
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