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

Graduate Management Admission Council Expands its Operation MBA Program with U.S. Army Reserve.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), 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® (GMAT®) 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.


The Graduate Management Admission Council (www.gmac.com), based in McLean, Virginia, is a nonprofit education organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide dedicated to creating access to and disseminating information about graduate management education. Created in 1954, the Graduate Management Admission Test is used by approximately 4,500 graduate management programs at some 1,800 business schools around the world to assess applicants. The GMAT -- the only standardized test designed expressly for graduate business and management programs worldwide -- is currently available at more than 450 test centers in over 110 countries. More information about the GMAT is available at www.mba.com.


The Army Reserve is a community-based federally directed force of highly-skilled, patriotic men and women that provides our nation with trained units and qualified Soldiers during peacetime, contingencies and war. These Soldier Citizens are the backbone of the U.S. Army, providing critical support in combat, peacekeeping, nation-building and civil affairs. Army Reserve Soldiers have proudly played a vital role in every American military and humanitarian mission of the past 100 years. Today more than 201,000 trained Army Reserve Soldiers in units across the country stand ready to serve the nation when called upon by the President. For additional information visit www.ArmyReserve.Army.mil.

SOURCE: Graduate Management Admission Council

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