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Calling all US Military Fall 2009 applicants!

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New post 28 Aug 2009, 21:17
Great to see a Mil oriented thread. Just got out last year (USMC), and have been working in various industries since then.

I was planning on applying round 1 to my schools (HBS/Stan/Kellogg/Darden/Haas/Anderson), but decided against since I wasn't getting on the GMAT score I wanted in my prep tests. I'm taking the official test tomorrow, (writing this post during a short break) and am still considering applying for R1 for HBS, that is, if my GMAT score turns out alright tomorrow. The thought is though, if I'm applying to the majority of my schools in R2, what's the point of applying to 1 school in R1? The advice given to me was if you have doubts, especially being short on time, go R2 and make sure that you've got a good app. Then again, anecdotal stories have said better chances for R1 vs R2. Thoughts?

Anyway, I wanted to ask, am I the only guy here who actually earned his paycheck (*enlisted*) applying to b-school? Nothing like hanging out with a bunch of "sirs" to ruin a good party. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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New post 28 Aug 2009, 21:34
wanted add something to the topic of recommendations.

i concur with the quality over rank advice. I know in the previous post, i made a snark about officers and such, but all kidding aside, some of the officers i've run into makes you think twice about the value of a college education. you can quickly those officers who graduated with a degree in P.E. just to qualify to get into OCS. so my advice, go to your superiors who really know who you are, the great, good, bad, and ugly characteristics. i'm going to attach a transcript of an interview with a Stanford application reviewer who gave tips and a general talk about how to approach a potential recommender and advice to the person writing the recommendation. it's really great. i've personally given every one of my recommenders a copy of this transcript and the feedback that i've received from all of them has been very positive about its guidance.

I've got a mix of civvy recommenders mixed with my mil recommendations, trying to get a good mix to show a well rounded picture of who I am, and have decided to go "out of the box" with a few recommendations. For instance: for my HBS application, I asked my Chaplain if he could recommend me. Although not in my chain of command, he was able to see the positive contributions via troop morale I was able to make after I was attached to a particular company of Marines.

So again, just because a guy has an oak cluster doesn't necessarily mean he's the best guy to ask for recommendations. Read the Stanford Transcript I've attached, and as the last of the 3 knights from the Last Crusades would say, "Choose Wisely".
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New post 28 Aug 2009, 21:38
I'd say that the disadvantage of applying to HBS in Round 1 is that it will probably be your weakest app in terms of essays. However, that could be offset by being able to focus on it along for that round. In turn though, doing five schools in Round 2 will be extra challenging. I've had several friends that applied to 5+ schools in a single round and their advice that 3 or 4 in one round is realistic and that they felt their best app was the last one. Of course, it really depends on your personality in terms of working against deadlines and time available etc. Sounds like since you've already got your short list of schools the best thing is to take the GMAT and then go from then decide based on whether a second try is needed. Good luck!

Since it looks like there's enough interest, I'll start up a new 2010 Applicants thread so this can keep going.
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New post 28 Aug 2009, 21:42
Good Idea. I misread the "2009" portion because of the fact it was surrounded with 2010 threads. I'll repost the advice I put on the new thread once its up along with the attachment I put on.

I've heard the same thing regarding applying for so many schools. Hence why I'm still tossing around the idea for HBS R1. I guess it all depends on how I do tomorrow.

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I'd say that the disadvantage of applying to HBS in Round 1 is that it will probably be your weakest app in terms of essays. However, that could be offset by being able to focus on it along for that round. In turn though, doing five schools in Round 2 will be extra challenging. I've had several friends that applied to 5+ schools in a single round and their advice that 3 or 4 in one round is realistic and that they felt their best app was the last one. Of course, it really depends on your personality in terms of working against deadlines and time available etc. Sounds like since you've already got your short list of schools the best thing is to take the GMAT and then go from then decide based on whether a second try is needed. Good luck!

Since it looks like there's enough interest, I'll start up a new 2010 Applicants thread so this can keep going.
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New post 01 Sep 2009, 10:41
Great Forum. Im a former Army Officer, out since late 2007. I wanted to spend a couple years in the civilian sector prior to going back to school. I have been working as a consultant for almost 2 years and decided that Fall of 2010 would be my year. The Army had other plans however, as I have been recalled from the IRR back to active duty with a 13 month deployment to Afghanistan. Nothing like getting huge plans interrupted by the unexpected.

Prior to leaving Im going to retake the GMAT since 1st attempt didnt quite meet my expectations, and hopefully complete applications from overseas and hope for Fall 2011.

A comment on the new GI Bill: This seems to be a great deal when combined with the yellow ribbon program. Some schools contribute quite a bit towards tuition. You can visit the VA website and get a listing of what each school will contribute. The range is quite shocking from school to school.
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