Male, currently 26 y/o, married with one kid
1) Full-time work experience.
3.5 years Active Duty Army Officer (Captain/Engineer Branch).
2) Your GMAT.
Taken 13 Jan 2011: 670 (43 Q, 38 V, still waiting on essay results)
3) College info:
Virginia Tech, Civil Engineering, 3.12 GPA (structures/construction management), minor in leadership, graduated May 2008
Low GPA attributed to transferring out of engineering and then back in, really had to cram to graduate in 4 years.
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
4 year member of Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, leadership positions: Fire Team Leader over 2 cadets, Platoon Sergeant over 30 cadets, Platoon Leader over 30 cadets (1 year for each position)
Treasurer for the Association of the United States Army (1 year)
Member of the Society of Military Engineers
4 years of ROTC, responsible for training of 68 freshmen my senior year for one semester
1 month as a Squad Tactical Officer, trained and evaluated 12 cadets at the US Army Leadership Training Course
1 year Assault Float Bridge Platoon Leader responsible for 56 soldiers/$17 million in equipment), trained and equipped platoon to deploy to Iraq
4 months Detachment Leader responsible for 14 firefighters and 27 Soldiers, $20 million in equipment, trained and equipped 14 firefighters to deploy to Afghanistan
7 months Horizontal Platoon Leader/Project Manager responsible for 39 Soldiers and $2 million in equipment, repaired tank trails, roads and culverts on Ft Hood
1 year Facilities Planner in Afghanistan, oversaw 55 construction projects in excess of $60 million
Volunteered for 80 hours with Operation Outreach in Afghanistan, participating in projects to help Afghan children
Consistently ranked top 10-20% among peers by supervisors
5) Important certifications
EIT (Engineer-in-Training/passed Fundaments of Engineering Exam), applying/testing to be a PE (Professional Engineer) when I return from Afghanistan
Studying for the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam to take when I return from Afghanistan
Fluently speak Mandarin Chinese
Secret Security Clearance
6) Your target programs.
Darden, McCombs, and McDonough (prefer to be near Northern Virginia for family, but also have a house in Texas)
7) Your post-MBA goal.
Work for a Fortune 500 company in a management position either near the capital or overseas in Asia
*will not be looking at applying for another three or four years due to Army committment (going back to school for MS in Engineering Project Management and then taking Company Command next), but will like to know if I'm on the right track. Also welcome to other suggestions for schools.
Since you seem to want to stay in local areas, you could also consider University of Maryland, SMU Cox, and Texas A&M. Since you have time before you will be applying, I would highly recommend you continue to work on the GMAT and see if you can score over 700. Your profile is unique and your leadership is clear, but if your academic ability is in question because of the not high GPA, then the GMAT can help assuage those concerns. You may also wish to enroll in some online courses to create an alternate transcript. In particular, plenty of people in the military take classes through University of Maryland's distance learning classes.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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