Military MBA Combats Perception that Personnel Lack Advanced
Senator John Kerry (D-MA) told college students in Pasadena, CA, that
if they did not make the most of their education they would get stuck
in Iraq. The comments, made 30 October 2006, prompted Military MBA to
make a statement defending the educational level of military personnel
in the United States.
After Kerry made the remarks the students present at Pasadena City
College laughed at the intended joke, but later in the day Kerry
admitted his prepare speech was not written exactly as he paraphrased.
Kerry said the example was suppose to draw upon how ill-prepared
President George W Bush had been, in hindsight, with the invasion and
subsequent occupation of Iraq.
However, education and employment networking organization Military MBA
attempted to set the record straight about the educational level of
military personnel serving in Iraq and other locations. Military MBA
helps military officers and NCOs (non-commissioned officers) who are interested in obtaining and
applying for their MBA graduate degree in order to advance one's
career. The network also works with employers who want to recruit
former officers with MBA degrees.
"To settle potential confusion among corporations and offset any
negative impact on job candidates with prior military service that
could result from Senator Kerry’s remarks in a speech at Pasadena City
College this week, MilitaryMBA.net is setting the record straight about
military officers and NCOs and their education and job
performance," the organization reported in a statement.
Military MBA admitted that
some military personnel "may have a limited education, but a large
percentage of officers in uniform have undergraduate and advanced
After serving in the military many of those former enlists enter the
business world with hands-on leadership skills that are in high demand
among B-Schools and corporate recruiters the organization reported.
In Military MBA's fact sheet, the organization reported that active
duty officers hold a higher level of formal education than the civilian
population. Nearly 87 percent of military officers hold either a
bachelor's or advanced degree for the most recent reporting year of
2004. Roughly 35 percent of the civilian population has similar
Additionally, the United States' military positions have grown
increasingly technical and complex, especially when compared with the
years Kerry served in Vietnam more than 30 years ago. "Consequently,
educational requirements will continue to rise." The military is
actively recruiting applicants with a college background "while
virtually all officers will need at least a bachelor's degree and, in
some cases, an advanced degree as well," the statement read.
While men and women serve in active duty, Military MBA reported that
leadership skills develop, which puts these service members in line for
recruitment from 30 universities, some of which include USC, Duke,
Cornell, and Vanderbilt.
Those military personnel with MBAs command a higher than average salary
(roughly $102,000 annually,) and "in comparison, the National Center
for Education Statistics reported the average salary for civilian MBAs
in the United States was $75,000 in 2003."
Military MBA also cited a study by Korn/Ferry International, which
correlated military service with a high level of executive performance
"CEOs with prior military experience outperformed CEOs in the S&P
500 index, delivering 30 percent higher returns in three-and five-year
investment periods," Military MBA concluded.
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