Greetings from the Armed Forces Alumni Association (AFAA) of Harvard Business School!  We are an organization comprised of approximately 85 students from across the military:  Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  Membership is not limited to service in the U.S. Military - we are proud to count members of allied militaries amongst our ranks, as well.  Our member base has a broad array of military tenures and experiences, and includes those who have completed their military service, Reservists, and those returning to Active Duty upon graduation.

The mission of the AFAA is three-fold: to assist in the professional development and job search of our members; to promote camaraderie amongst the membership base; and to raise awareness and support for the military on the Harvard Business School campus.  This mission manifests itself in the events that the AFAA hosts throughout the year.  For example, the AFAA hosts a career fair and industry panels during the Fall Term specifically tailored for those transitioning out of the military. Leveraging our network, we invite AFAA alumni and other veterans to return to campus to share their transition experience and also provide key insights about industry-specific recruiting processes. 

Additionally, in the Fall Term, the club hosts resume reviews in conjunction with the HBS Career and Professional Development office, and provides opportunities for first year members to speak with second year members about their summer internship experiences.  Many members find these sessions vital in preparing for their job search and career transition.

In an effort to build camaraderie amongst the members, the club hosts a variety of social events throughout the year.  From monthly beer calls (generally held at local Harvard Square bars) to family-friendly events (such as dinner at the New England Aquarium in Boston) there is something for everyone.  The annual retreat, held each fall in various locations outside of Boston, provides an opportunity for the incoming RCs to get to know each other, as well as their EC peers.  This event is an excellent way for the new RCs to get other veterans’ perspectives on life at HBS.  Club leadership actively seeks suggestions for future social events – it’s all in the name of bringing people together!

To facilitate the final leg of our mission, the AFAA also puts on a number of events to help build support for the military across HBS.  Each year, the AFAA hosts a Veterans Day dinner on campus, and extends an invitation to all members of the HBS community.  This evening gives everyone a chance to experience military traditions and hear from notable veterans, both HBS alumni and at large.  Additionally, the club conducts a campus-wide fundraiser each year to collect money for the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, and in the process, works to build awareness about serious issues facing the veteran population.

We wish you all the best in your journey to business school.  If we can be of any assistance along the way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

hbs.afaa@gmail.com

http://www.afaaclubhbs.org/