Letter of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a military leader or recent employer who knows them well. The purpose is to gain insights into the applicant’s leadership ability and mission focus, moral and ethical compass, and potential to positively impact society after graduation.

Select a recommender who can best provide the following about you:

  • What leadership trait describes how the applicant leads others to accomplish missions?
  • What moral and ethical value best describes the applicant’s character?
  • After the applicant completes their Vanderbilt education, what do you see as their potential for professional success and continued service to society and the nation?

*All letters of recommendation must be in a memorandum format. 


The video statement is your handshake with the selection committee. Use your three minutes to highlight the unique events and growth that shaped you as a military leader, how you would use that experience to mentor Vanderbilt students, and how you plan to use your Vanderbilt education to serve society and the nation in the future. The selection committee will use the video to gain insights into your mentoring ability and potential to serve society after graduation by evaluating your communication skills, poise, and professionalism.

* Videos exceeding three minutes will not be viewed.

Video Tips

  • Dress professionally.
  • Choose a well-lit, quiet area with a clutter-free backdrop.
  • Prepare an outline to guide and focus your presentation.
  • Rehearse your presentation.
  • Have a mentor or trusted friend to review your video statement to provide feedback.
  • Be proactive, plan ahead and avoid procrastination.