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Armed Forces officer looking for guidance.

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Hello,
I have been serving as an officer for the past five years and looking to change careers as soon as my service is up next year. I haven't appeared for the GMAT yet but my practice scores have been lingering around 710.

My college career is something that really worries me. I went to one of the top 10 liberal arts college in the US as an international student. However, I got sidetracked and didn't really do well. I was immature and didn't think things through. I majored in Physics with a GPA of 2.3. I was also part of a program that the college started and was one of the first 20 students that were invited to it. Post college, my brother passed away so I moved back to India to be with my parents and got commissioned into the Army. I am a second generation so this allowed me to be there for my parents but also serve a few years like I always wanted to.

My brothers accident turned my life around and I reevaluated my life. I have since done fairly well in the forces. I have done well on all the Army courses and also currently an instructor at one of the technical institutions.

As far as schools that I wish to apply to - I am looking to apply to schools in Europe. My plan is to find a job post MBA in Europe as well. I am currently considering RSM, HEC, Essec and IE.

Just looking to get some perspective here on my chances and probable course of action.
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New post 16 Feb 2019, 05:46
Hi HullDown,

thank you very much for sharing your profile. I am sorry about your brother.

It is true that a 2.3 GPA is not that great. Though you could talk about extenuating circumstances in your application (the Optional Essay is a great place to do so).

However, even if there were no such circumstances, you can focus on how your brother's accident meant an inflection point in your life, and how this made you become the mature person and professional you are now.

Moreover, European schools don't put as much emphasis on GPA as US schools do, so most likely they will let that go if you're able to put together an outstanding application.

Your profile is quite unique for your target schools, since they don't get that many applicants with military background. Furthermore, I am sure your time as a military officer will be a great source of stories for your essays.

In terms of GMAT, if you get a 710 in the actual test that would be fine. But try to score higher (+720) if you can, especially for HEC Paris.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!
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