I am a Captain currently deployed to Iraq and will not be back until late Spring. I have decided to try the more difficult road and forgo full time MBA school in order to "transition" to Trading. My rationale for "skipping" the full time route - already have my MSc in Finance, decent state school, quant emphasis, though not a crazy MFE from Berkeley or anything. I want to be a trader, full stop. I don't think an MBA vice the MSF is more valuable in the context of an entry or junior trading position. I will apply to go to NYU at night or Chi/NW if I find employment in Chicago. That being said, can anybody help me out? What are my best methods to get to the street if I were starting today and want to be employed by early next summer? I know that the job market is killer right now. I have a pretty solid network and plan to use that to the maximum extent possible. If I have to I will go the prop route, but do I stand any chance at BB, Boutique, or even HF? I will do anything to get my foot in the door, assistant or otherwise, as long as I can afford rent. Not that it matters for pro level, but I do have 5+ years of experience in equities (probably 2.5 years trading) and 2.5 years in options. Thanks.