Monday, October 29, 2007

Uncle Sam wants who?

Posted in Foreign Service Life at 7:32 pm by graceandpoise

It seems I may not be the only one these days who is frustrated about the results of the Foreign Service assignments process. Yes, directed assignments to Iraq for mid-level officers were announced after business hours this past Friday. Welcome to the State Department version of the draft, which as far as I am aware has not ever been used on those above the entry level (i.e. those who are in their first few years of service, and who don’t have a choice in general).

Don’t worry – I’m not in the running to be a “prime candidate.” That is reserved for those who have achieved a level within the organization so as to (except for now) allow them to more or less choose where and to what positions they want to go. Not a category I fall into.


  1. Gordon said,

    I was very surprised to see that there is a “.. union representing U.S. diplomats ..” Does that mean you guys can strike, get overtime pay, and all that good stuff?

  2. hannah said,


    I just wanted to leave you a comment and let you know that I enjoy reading your blog. I’m in the current A100 class (136th), and this issue’s weighing on our minds pretty heavily. What makes it more “interesting” for me is that I speak Arabic. We’ll see where it goes from here, right?

    Have a good one, hannah

  3. @Gordon,
    Strike? Not too likely. It’s simply not that kind of union.

    Get overtime? FS Specialists and untenured Entry Level FS Generalists may earn overtime rates of pay.

    What other good stuff did you have in mind? Corruption? Embezzlement of pension funds? Ties to organized crime? Beating up “scabs”?

    Please specific.


  4. Sarah said,

    Hi Marisa – Long time no talk – I read your blog fairly regularly and was thrilled to hear about your wedding (congrats – though the pics never came through for me) and I lvoe hearing your stories and daily thoughts. Shoot me an email if you ever get a chance, I’d love to catch up.

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