It makes sense if you think about it: Ambitious leaders are attracted to high-demanding, risky endeavors. Endeavors like war. And business. So it is of little surprise that many military veterans go on to enroll in MBA programs. The news is that now this career trajectory is becoming more formalized, according to a Wall Street Journal story.
One group, called Military MBA, matches U.S. military students with B-schools. London Business School is one such program and encourages applicants with military experience. This year, 30 of the program's 800 current students came straight from the military, while others are from countries with mandatory national service and had experience earlier in their careers. Those numbers are growing.
HEC Paris is another institute keen on military experience, so much so that it requires all its students to spend two days training at a French military academy. Canada’s McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, as retired Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire – who headed a United Nation mission in Rwanda in the mid-1990s – speaks to students about leading under difficult circumstances.
The benefits of connecting military and business are manifold, school administrators say. The story:
While current and former service members immerse themselves in the details of finance, accounting and other business basics, their schools and classmates gain a lot by having them on campus, administrators say.
Students from military backgrounds often become leaders of the small study groups that are a key part of the B-school classroom, they tend to be very active in campus life, and their well-developed abilities to head teams and work effectively make them natural role models for fellow students.
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