Monday, October 29, 2007
Uncle Sam wants who?
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.