The title says it all really. I’ve joined up with the Foreign Service, which is part of the Department of State. So, I’ve decided to start doing the blog again. I would rate my last attempt as low to moderately successful in keeping people up to date on my goings ons abroad so I might as well try again.
If you’ve gotten this far you might have some question so, because I’m a nice guy, I’ve prepared a frequently asked question section below. Enjoy!
- Q: What the hell is the Foreign Service?
- A: It’s the part of the United States government that runs the embassies abroad
- Q: What will you be doing?
- A: This. Information Management Specialist, AKA: Computer Stuff. Outside of that it’s kind of hard to be specific as I haven’t actually started yet and the job can apparently vary pretty widely.
- Q: So, that means you’ll be abroad a good bit?
- A: Yes, Tours last 1-3 years or so, most of them are abroad but, some can be in DC. Foreign service folk are more or less expected to be abroad a good chunk of their career.
- Q: Will you have to learn a langauge?
- A: The people who are considered “generalists” are required to learn a language within 5 years to stay employed, specialists are not. That being said, I will almost certainly have to learn a language at some point and if I stay on board long enough, more than one but it varies by post.
- Q: So… This means you’ll be an ambassador.
- A: No.
- Q: Fine, Whatever, When do you leave? I’m tired of you.
- A: Training in DC starts mid july and lasts for about 4 months. It could be longer though. After that, I’ll go to abroad.
- Q: Where?
- A: I don’t know, For your first 2 tours they give you a “bid list” of cities you can serve in and you rank them. I’ll know about a month into training where I’m going.
- Q: Do you get tired of writing FAQs?
- A: Yes. I am now.