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Archive for April, 2010

Flag Day! aka, where I’ll be for the next 2 years…

Posted by quirksalight on April 25, 2010

As you can see, it was Flag Day yesterday, and the 152nd A-100 class all received their first posts. We’ll be scattered across 50+ countries, with a handful of DC posts. Some of us will be leaving within the next 2-3 months, while others will be around until 2011.


I’m heading to Seoul this summer, in approximately 8-10 weeks! Woot! Woot!


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Posted by quirksalight on April 10, 2010

There are several considerations that need to be factored in when you’re in the bidding process.
Personal preferences, the tenure requirements, and CNL and SCNL requirements, if applicable.
And of course, there is the trump factor, which is the needs of the service.

In my case, I received and took the +0.4 bonus for passing the Korean language test. This bump on the register got me to A-100 faster, and in turn, requires me to serve in a Korean speaking post in one of my first two tours. In addition, tenure requirements include passing proficiency in a language and serving a Consular position for at least one year. Considering the proficiency in Korean is 2/0 (Speaking/Reading), I’m reasonably sure that I’ll pass it. And I’m Consular coned, so that requirement will be easy to fulfill. So the main issue (excluding the trump factor) is how the Korean post will interact with my personal preferences.

My main preferences are to be in the developing world, with a high danger/differential; to learn either French, Russian, or Arabic as a third language; to use my science background. The likelihood of meeting all preferences is highly improbable, and I realize that. The likelihood with the preferences coming into conflict with the needs of the service; who knows? I know and am OK with being sent wherever my skills will be best utilized; it may not be my top choice, but it’s something that anyone who’s serious about the FS has be OK with.

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