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GMAT 720 (verbal 45 quant 45)
GPA 3.7 from West Point with a major in French and Arabic
4.5 years of service as an active duty army captain
Naturalized U.S. citizen; immigrated from China during middle school
Native fluency in Mandarin Chinese; twice served as personal interpreter and informal advisor for U.S. generals during the largest annual military-to-military interaction between the US and China--the Disaster Management Exchange.

Professional experience:

Jul 2018 - present: Serving as a planner at Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific, the headquarters that is responsible for the readiness of all Army forces in the Indo-Pacific. Assigned to two very-high-profile projects and assisting the lead planner in organizing the collaboration of a dozen different directorates a subordinate headquarters. This job position is traditionally held by a more senior captain with at least 7 years of experience.

Jul 2017-Jul 2018: Served at Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific, as the executive officer to the foreign policy advsior (FPA), a Department of State Senior Foreign Service Officer assigned to the headquarters. Supported the FPA in advising the commanding general on U.S. foreign policy and foreign engagements. Conducted final review of diplomatic and intelligence reports for utilization by the FPA and dissemination to relevant directorates. Maintained the operation of the office during the FPA's absence and facilitated the exchange of sensitive information among 6 headquarters and government agencies located on 4 landmasses across 11 time zones on short notice, ensuring successful execution of a series of undersecretary-level meetings. This job position is traditionally held by a more senior captain with at least 7 years of experience.

Nov 2016-Jul 2017: Served as an assistant operations officer for a battalion of over 650 soldiers. Assisted in formulating plans and directives to facilitate the battalion's preparation for worldwide deployment. While assigned as the leader of a temporary platoon of 25 soldiers for a specific series of missions in a major exercise, all combat missions were completed successfully and smoothly when supervised by me.

Aug 2015-Oct 2016: Served as platoon leader of a 46-man ground combat platoon. Responsible for the platoon's readiness and welfare as well as the maintenance of five large combat vehicles valued in excess of $16 million. Platoon achieved best performance among the battalion's nine ground combat platoons in a final evaluation of all the platoons' collective combat proficiency. Platoon was selected to lead the main attack in nearly every major combat exercise. Platoon achieved the highest average Army Physical Fitness Test score among three platoons in the company. Platoon's vehicles were best-maintained in the company.

Additionally, should I include the following undergraduate leadership experience in my application?

Aug 2013-May 2014: With mentorship from a mid-career army lieutenant colonel, served as the cadet command sergeant major for a regiment of 1200 cadets, or one-quarter of West Point's cadet corps. responsible for the discipline and welfare of the regiment
Jul 2013-Aug 2013: With mentorship from a mid-career army lieutenant colonel, served as the cadet commander for Cadet Candidate Basic Training, one of the four most high-profile summer training events at West Point. Responsible for the training of 300 incoming cadet candidates at the West Point Prepatory School by 75 West point cadets.
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What school/s are you applying to and what is your post-MBA goal?
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worldwidewill wrote:
GMAT 720 (verbal 45 quant 45)
GPA 3.7 from West Point with a major in French and Arabic
4.5 years of service as an active duty army captain
Naturalized U.S. citizen; immigrated from China during middle school
Native fluency in Mandarin Chinese; twice served as personal interpreter and informal advisor for U.S. generals during the largest annual military-to-military interaction between the US and China--the Disaster Management Exchange.

Professional experience:

Jul 2018 - present: Serving as a planner at Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific, the headquarters that is responsible for the readiness of all Army forces in the Indo-Pacific. Assigned to two very-high-profile projects and assisting the lead planner in organizing the collaboration of a dozen different directorates a subordinate headquarters. This job position is traditionally held by a more senior captain with at least 7 years of experience.

Jul 2017-Jul 2018: Served at Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific, as the executive officer to the foreign policy advsior (FPA), a Department of State Senior Foreign Service Officer assigned to the headquarters. Supported the FPA in advising the commanding general on U.S. foreign policy and foreign engagements. Conducted final review of diplomatic and intelligence reports for utilization by the FPA and dissemination to relevant directorates. Maintained the operation of the office during the FPA's absence and facilitated the exchange of sensitive information among 6 headquarters and government agencies located on 4 landmasses across 11 time zones on short notice, ensuring successful execution of a series of undersecretary-level meetings. This job position is traditionally held by a more senior captain with at least 7 years of experience.

Nov 2016-Jul 2017: Served as an assistant operations officer for a battalion of over 650 soldiers. Assisted in formulating plans and directives to facilitate the battalion's preparation for worldwide deployment. While assigned as the leader of a temporary platoon of 25 soldiers for a specific series of missions in a major exercise, all combat missions were completed successfully and smoothly when supervised by me.

Aug 2015-Oct 2016: Served as platoon leader of a 46-man ground combat platoon. Responsible for the platoon's readiness and welfare as well as the maintenance of five large combat vehicles valued in excess of $16 million. Platoon achieved best performance among the battalion's nine ground combat platoons in a final evaluation of all the platoons' collective combat proficiency. Platoon was selected to lead the main attack in nearly every major combat exercise. Platoon achieved the highest average Army Physical Fitness Test score among three platoons in the company. Platoon's vehicles were best-maintained in the company.

Additionally, should I include the following undergraduate leadership experience in my application?

Aug 2013-May 2014: With mentorship from a mid-career army lieutenant colonel, served as the cadet command sergeant major for a regiment of 1200 cadets, or one-quarter of West Point's cadet corps. responsible for the discipline and welfare of the regiment
Jul 2013-Aug 2013: With mentorship from a mid-career army lieutenant colonel, served as the cadet commander for Cadet Candidate Basic Training, one of the four most high-profile summer training events at West Point. Responsible for the training of 300 incoming cadet candidates at the West Point Prepatory School by 75 West point cadets.


Hi worldwidewill!

You've got a strong profile on paper, personally I'd like to see the Quant score a bit higher but with a 720, a good GPA from WP, and significant military leadership, you're in a strong position for schools ranked 5-15. For a better assesment of your candidacy, we would have to know a bit more about your goals and rationale for pursuing an MBA. Yes, include the undergraduate leadership experience, but don't dwell too much on it.

We've worked with a number of military candidates and have had great success, let us know if you'd like to discuss your application further or have any other questions you want answered. Best of luck with the application!

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