Military MBA Applicants are conditioned to categorize obstacles to smaller problems, allocate the right resources to tackle each of them and apply the full force of their might to achieve the objective. Not many applicants have this natural inclination to systemize the problem and hit one goal after the other.
When regular applicants spend an inordinate sum on improving their status (through college, employer) acquiring the skills through private courses and embracing one extra-curricular experience after another, the ‘outside’ work for Military applicants is limited to the zone of their operations and path to military confined to a few schools.
Most are in deployment at far corners of the world, dealing with the fallout of the geopolitical turmoil. The risk is real and the challenges of integrating multi-national forces many. For the military applicants guarding the borders, the challenges could be in the form of a hostile neighbor or the terrain in which they are operating.
While applying for MBA Admissions, many assume that the adaptability without incentive, discipline, emotional intelligence and the bias toward action is the norm in the corporate world.