How the Shutdown is Affecting the State Department

The partial government shutdown continues in the United States and it is hurting both the economy and federal workers. Keeping personal opinion aside, let’s lay out a few facts about the shutdown: Today is day 28 of the shutdown Today is January 18, when federal district courts run out of funds. Civil cases may be suspended

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FSO Career

14 Interesting Protocols a Foreign Service Officer Must Follow

I was looking for a fun first post to kick off 2019 when I stumbled upon the official “Protocol for the Modern Diplomat” handbook, published by the Foreign Service Institute. If this manual will get me one step closer to being suave like Bond, then how could I not read it? …Right? Jokes aside, it

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Foreign Service Officer Salary: A Comprehensive Guide (2017 update)

The Foreign Service Officer salary is dynamic and ever-changing. Though your base salary, pegged to a Washington, D.C. cost of living, remains steady, each country has different allowances. Depending on international geopolitics, the strength of domestic and national currencies, and the size of your family, to name a few, your salary can rise or decline

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FSO Lifestyle

Single Foreign Service Officers: Dropping a Truth Bomb

This week, Heather, from the blog Adventures Around the World, shares her perspective as a single “solo” Foreign Service Officer. Her story is one shared by many in the Service, but not one readily discussed because of its hard truths. A career in the Foreign Service has many perks: the profession, the chance to visit

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FSO Lifestyle

The FSO Application, Becoming an Officer, and Moving to DC

I am excited to kick off the Stories from the Field series with Danielle, the author of the blog 2 Cats, 7 Continents, and a spouse of a recently hired FSO. How recent? They go on their first deployment in June. Exciting! Danielle breaks down her and her husband’s Foreign Service application timeline, moving to

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FSO Lifestyle

Stories from the Field: Recollections of the Foreign Service

The Foreign Service is more than a career, it’s a lifestyle. At a minimum, you are consistently moving to a new post every few years, interacting with different cultures from your own on the daily, and learning (sometimes quite painstakingly) that there are indeed many ways to interpret an event or action. The lifestyle has

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FSO Career

The Foreign Service Public Diplomacy Officer

The cultural bridge between the U.S./mission and the host country, the Public Diplomacy Foreign Officer is the gatekeeper and promoter of information concerning the U.S. During your career, you may represent a post as the spokesperson, promote student and professional development exchange via the Fulbright Program, and/or organize discussion groups with the local community to

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FSO Career

The Foreign Service Political Officer

When you think of the Foreign Service, the duties of the Political Officer is the one that comes to mind the most for people. Keeping up with national and international trends that affect the host country, speaking and networking with government officials and subject matter experts on a topic, and writing numerous reports, the role

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