03 February 2009

U.S. Army Reserve and Business School Group Ink Agreement to Encourage Soldiers to Pursue Graduate Management Education

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Graduate Management Admission Council(R) (GMAC(R)), an association of the world's top business schools, and the U.S. Army Reserve yesterday signed an agreement to work together to encourage Army Reserve officers and senior enlisted Soldiers to consider pursuing a graduate business degree.

A major goal of the pact is to inform members of the Army Reserve about the value of a graduate business degree combined with military experience. With an advanced degree, Army Reserve Soldiers can propel both their military and civilian careers, and maintain their edge when competing against other job seekers in the business world.

"We are excited and honored to join with the U.S. Army Reserve in this effort," said David A. Wilson, president of GMAC. "Education can change someone's life. No one deserves that opportunity more than those who serve our country. Moreover, officers and other leaders are among the very best candidates for business school. Their experience in managing resources and developing strategy enrich the dialogue in the classroom, a cornerstone of the MBA program. Their discipline prepares them well for the rigors of the program and for management upon graduation."

"I am pleased to officially begin an enduring partnership with GMAC," said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve, and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command. "Operation MBA will enhance opportunities for Army Reserve Soldiers who wish to contribute their talents and skills to the Nation's business communities."

By tapping into the Council's Operation MBA program, Army Reserve Soldiers will have easier access to tailored information and tools that will help them prepare for the Graduate Management Admission Test(R) (GMAT(R)) and for applying to graduate business schools.

They will also have access to a list of military-friendly business schools that have agreed to do such things as waive the admissions fee for military personnel, make financial aid available and grant deferments if Soldier's plans are delayed by their service branch.

As part of the agreement, GMAC will post material, including presentations and other multimedia content on its website, www.mba.com. The Army Reserve will also post links to the Council's content on its website, www.ArmyReserve.Army.mil.

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