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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.


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.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

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


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • The MBA Exchange | 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.

    2 months ago

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 3%

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  • 5% | 2 months ago

    Agree with the previous posts, you will not get into an M7 unless you improve your scores. And I agree with the first comment. Unfortunately, just like in any organization, if you check the boxes and scratch the right backs you’ll move up in rank. Do you have battlefield leadership that can add to your story?
  • 5% | 2 months ago

    Thank you for your service to our country. Unfortunately, I agree with the first community rating that you have a very slim chance of admission into the programs you mention, particularly Stanford GSB. A white male with your GMAT is extremely unlikely to be admitted to these programs and that is exacerbated by the below-average ranking of your undergraduate-degree school. I would suggest seeking admission to programs that are less selective but still good programs. I would also suggest some GMAT prep work and taking the exam again. By the way, I disagree with the first community rating. Making Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps is a real achievement in any event and particularly where you were advanced to that grade ...
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  • 5% | 2 months ago

    Thank you for your service. You have no shot at an M7 or the schools you’ve listed. Your undergrad degree and GMAT are very weak. You have a long way to go. Also, making rank in the military is rather straight forward. This doesn’t make you a good leader and it certainly doesn’t make you a great leader. You need to have a unique story and simply making rank like the next guy or gal isn’t going to cut it. Prove me wrong. Good luck!
  • 5% | 2 months ago

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