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Profile Eval: Former US Military Officer, 730 GMAT, Crap GPA

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Joined: 15 Jan 2013
Posts: 27

Kudos [?]: 18 [0], given: 6

Concentration: Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
GPA: 2.82
WE: Military Officer (Military & Defense)
Profile Eval: Former US Military Officer, 730 GMAT, Crap GPA [#permalink]

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New post 19 Sep 2013, 13:33
Good Afternoon All,

Let me start off by thanking everyone in advance for their help with this. I am looking to get my MBA with the goal of getting in to Management Consulting.

Nationality: US
Gender: Male
Age: 30

GMAT: 730(Q49V40)
B.S. Computational Mathematics 2005 - 2.82 GPA (w/ slight upward trend)
- Air Force ROTC for final 2 years; Held highest cadet leadership position over ~75 cadets; Numerous accolades and awards for leadership & performance
- Arnold Air Society (Community service club for ROTC Cadets) - Held leadership position
- Worked full time throughout college at Circuit City in various leadership positions
M.A. Interdisciplinary - Emphasis in International Relations 2011- 3.7 GPA (Includes an 'A' in graduate level stats)

Work Experience:
2005-2010 Air Force Intelligence Officer
- Stationed in Korea (1 Year) - Worked with A-10s & F-16s (fighters); ran Personal Recovery program for the Wing; went through survival school - Overall, a good first assignment where I was ranked highly among my peers by our leadership, but admittedly not too sexy
- Stationed in Germany (3 Years) - Worked as a liaison between U.S. and Israeli Military Forces and traveled to Israel often in these efforts; Supervised a 7 person team responsible for Intelligence training of NATO and partner nation intelligence officers and international special operations forces - included travel throughout Europe for training
- Deployed to Iraq (6 admittedly short time compared to my Army & Marine counterparts out there) - Served as a liaison between the Counter-Bomb Task Force and various Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies; Redesigned the entire support program of the counter-bomb Task Force's efforts toward intelligence and law enforcement collections; Ended up getting an award from the FBI Director and a fairly high medal for my rank at the time (DMSM as a 1Lt for my military brethren out there), which will be explained in civilian terms in my Letters of Rec

2010-2012 Intelligence Analyst (Working through a defense consulting firm)
- Supported a Special Operations Task Force, leading a team of 5 analysts while deployed (2 deployment to Afghanistan for a total of 8 months); Wrote some relatively important analytic reports and authored a background paper and talking points which were used by Senior U.S. Gov't personnel in talks with foreign heads of state; Several of my reports were also cited by Petraeus (pre-scandal) and were used in the shaping of national-level foreign policy

2012-2013 Intelligence Advisor (Working through a defense consulting firm)
- Supported the same Special Operations Task Force (though this was a promotion) for approximately 6 months; Performed similar analysis as discussed in the previous position
- Served as senior Intelligence Advisor to an Office of the Director of National Intelligence initiative to enhance a social collaboration platform bridging the Intelligence Community with Academia, Industry, etc - this position is a mix of advisory and operations management, providing me a small glimpse in to the business world

Awards, Achievements, & Extracurriculars:
- Plenty of awards & recognition from my military days which should stratify me from my peers
- Decent on community/extracurriculars (American Heart Association, Special Olympics Volunteer, variety of military organizations, some tutoring, etc)

International Experience:
1 Year Korea, 3 Years Germany (though 6 months of that was in Iraq), 8 months Afghanistan, plenty of travel

- I'm a language buff, so I've taken a year of Korean (while living in Korea) and a semester each of French and Spanish (to prep for some travel); I also learned proficient German while living abroad
- Played in a few cover bands

This schools I'm looking at are as follows (though I am open to recommendations):
Reach - Wharton, Tuck
Competitive - Darden, Duke, Ross, Anderson
Safety - Texas

I'm entertaining LBS & INSEAD as well, though I haven't quite made up my mind.

Again, thanks to everyone for entertaining my ramblings, and any and all suggestions are much appreciated.

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New post 11 Oct 2013, 05:11
I wouldn't worry about the GPA. With your GMAT, you will be fine, plus you have a Master's degree and had a really difficult major to boot. B-schools love Military so I would encourage you with your reach and target schools, since I see you as competitive at both. I would question your idea to go international unless your goal is to work overseas after you graduate-far better to get a name brand school in the US, particularly if you want to do consulting. hope this helps--let us know if you would like assistance pulling your application together. We have specialists who graduated from all your target schools on hand to give advice.

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