Let’s state the obvious right now, taking the GMAT or GRE sucks. However, if you want to get into a reputable in-person MBA program, it’s a necessity to do well on it. Our status as a veteran and Green Beret does not mean automatic acceptance. We need a competitive score to complement our resume along with the rest of our application. Both exams will require a significant amount of time and effort. Most likely you will take them more than once to improve your score.
When notified of an upcoming mission we begin studying the problem set. The culture, the language, the partner force (mission, capabilities, hierarchy, etc.), the area, the enemy, and the list goes on. Once on the ground we immediately begin conducting an assessment, building rapport, managing our internal and external expectations, and again the list goes on. Why wouldn’t we use the same approach to transition? We can’t just expect that we know everything about our future careers and get by on instinct alone.
Our culture in Special Forces and unofficial motto is the “Quiet Professionals.” We do our jobs/ missions, not looking for accolades but because we know we are making a difference. But there is a difference between being a Quiet Professional and a Silent Professional, we fail ourselves and our brotherhood when we think we have to be silent professionals. We have stories and experiences to share that are impactful and that resonate with people. We cannot be afraid to tell them, to share that knowledge and inform America.
I was a Special Forces Team Sergeant who was approaching his time to hang up the uniform. Knowing I didn’t want to follow the standard contracting job route when I retire or stay in the Army doing mundane administrative work, I started to research a transition into the business world. What I found was not encouraging, as there was not a lot of information available. But like any good Special Forces NCO, I was not discouraged, I accepted the challenge with a smile and an unmatched passion. I committed myself to make the mission a success.