Mr. Marine Corps

About Me:

I have served in the United States Marine Corps for the past 11 years, and have achieved the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. I have been deployed to Afghanistan where I served as the Corporal of the guard while operating as security forces in the southern province of Helmand. I am a proud husband and father of two beautiful girls.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Considering: Wharton, Yale, MIT Sloan, Harvard, Tuck, Ross

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Liberty University

Undergrad Major: Fire Administration

GPA: 3.9

GMAT: 600

Age: 31,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: All- Marine Rugby Team for 4 years, Captain of Combined Forces Rugby Team for a year, during the 2014 New Zealand commonwealth tour., Volunteerism - awarded the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal for over 2000 hours of giving back to communities.

Work History:

Title: GySgt HazMat Chief

Industry: Government

Company: Marines

Length of Employment: 10 yrs, 5 mos

Title: Officer Selection Assistant

Industry: Government

Company: Marines

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

The biggest wins in my life have been attaining the rank of Gunnery Sergent, through this achievement I have learned what it takes to be a good leader and what it takes to be a great leader. Not only did I make it through boot camp, Afghanistan and recruiting, but I successfully accomplished them while improving myself and those around me.

Post MBA Goal:

The outcome post-MBA that I am looking for is a challenge. I want the next chapter in my life to challenge me as the Marine Corps did. My goal is to take the leadership capabilities that I have gained through my combat experiance and apply them to the business setting. Leadership consulting is what I am setting my sights on for the future.


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The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    First off, let me personally thank you for your service to our country. I have the utmost admiration for those who have given so much of themselves to protect and defend our country values and ideals. I really wish I could give you better news about your chances at Stanford, though. With a 600 GMAT and a degree in fire administration from Liberty, you are dead on arrival at the GSB. Consider this: In Stanford’s MBA Class of 2020, there are only four vets, two from the U.S. Army and two from the U.S. Navy and one of them graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. Stanford’s super low acceptance rate makes it hard for even those who check every box on the application. The only …

    4 years ago Read the full review
  • Odds Assessment: 5%

    Gunny: As a Marine myself, Semper Fi! Despite the amazing leadership experiences you have, your GMAT score is just not high enough for Stanford GSB, especially given they have the lowest acceptance rate and highest average GMAT score among the very best business schools in the world. Also, your number of years of work experience is more than average so that’s another hurdle you’ll have to overcome. But then again, I was 36 years old when I applied to business schools successfully so we never say never. However, given your curent profile, just realistically, Stanford GSB is highly unlikely.

    4 years ago
  • mbaMission Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hey Mr. Marine Corps. Thanks for posting. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    I’ve worked with a lot of military applicants over the years, a few with your level of experience. They were successful at top programs but they also had great GMAT/GRE scores. So I’d really recommend that you invest the exam and take it at least once if not two more times. Perhaps consider switching to the GRE…my clients who are scoring at your level on the GMAT often find the GRE easier.

    Stanford is tough for anyone — you really have to be the best of the best here. If you can get yourself to the 680 level, I think schools like Ross, Tuck, UNC, Cornell, USC all become possible. My suggestion to …

    4 years ago Read the full review

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 3%

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  • 5% | 4 years ago

    Odds are a bit less than 5%. You will be lost in the dust if admitted to Stanford GSB. You need to readjust your list of targeted schools as your academics are weak and your work experience offers little incentive for business programs to admit you.
  • Your chances for admission to any of your 7 targeted MBA programs are close to zero due to a low GMAT, age, and lack of appropriate work experience.
  • 10% | 4 years ago

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