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The Department of State's mission is "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."
--From the FY 2009 Agency Financial Report, released December 2009

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joeypee  
#21 Posted : Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:31:00 AM(UTC)
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Received my invitation to oral/written assessment last week.
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#22 Posted : Tuesday, February 2, 2016 5:58:34 PM(UTC)
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Congratulations! When is your assessment? Was the invitation via e-mail or mail?
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#23 Posted : Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:01:50 PM(UTC)
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March at Arlington, VA

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#24 Posted : Sunday, February 14, 2016 2:38:24 PM(UTC)
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Awesome. Good luck!
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#25 Posted : Sunday, February 28, 2016 8:02:08 PM(UTC)
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Thank you!
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#26 Posted : Monday, February 29, 2016 7:04:21 AM(UTC)
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I just got my invitation to test this morning. Mine is in June.
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#27 Posted : Tuesday, March 8, 2016 3:57:51 AM(UTC)
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congrats!
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#28 Posted : Friday, April 1, 2016 5:55:03 PM(UTC)
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Passed BEX and got COE - security/medical began immediately!
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#29 Posted : Sunday, April 3, 2016 6:27:44 AM(UTC)
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Congrats! Any advice for preparing for it? I still have 2 months until my exam.
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#30 Posted : Saturday, April 9, 2016 10:20:52 AM(UTC)
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I had chats with both current and retired DS Agents. I went to a FS oral assessment information session with my local DIR, who broke down that process in great detail, and based on my experience the FS and DS assessments are somewhat similar--minus case management and team exercise. Have a few examples from your own life to demonstrate each of the 13 FS dimensions. Be confident and comfortable in your own skin. Make sure that they know you're a leader, a team player, and a well-rounded individual. Best of luck!
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#31 Posted : Saturday, April 9, 2016 1:05:49 PM(UTC)
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Thanks! I wish you the best with the rest of the process. Have fun!
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#32 Posted : Tuesday, April 26, 2016 3:40:10 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: joeypee Go to Quoted Post
I had chats with both current and retired DS Agents. I went to a FS oral assessment information session with my local DIR, who broke down that process in great detail, and based on my experience the FS and DS assessments are somewhat similar--minus case management and team exercise. Have a few examples from your own life to demonstrate each of the 13 FS dimensions. Be confident and comfortable in your own skin. Make sure that they know you're a leader, a team player, and a well-rounded individual. Best of luck!


Joeypee, your PM inbox is full!
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#33 Posted : Wednesday, May 4, 2016 4:31:22 PM(UTC)
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To anyone who has recently tested for this position, approximately how many other candidates were at the event? I ask purely out of curiosity since this seems to be the only oasis of applicants in the wilderness of the internet. All other Fed LE positions have many many pages dedicated to them on numerous forums. It's different.
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#34 Posted : Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:04:15 AM(UTC)
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I only saw 3-4 other applicants in the waiting area between exam sessions at my testing site in Rosslyn, VA. Most were prior military like me and/or police officers. We had a former JAG officer/civilian prosecutor in our group.

FYI- My security and medical clearances are still being processed...

Good luck with your candidacy!
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#35 Posted : Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:08:40 AM(UTC)
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By the time they were making an offer to me, however, I saw no other candidates waiting around the office like me. Remember, if you don't make it through any part of the examination, they cut you loose for the day and tell you to try again next time. For all I know, I may have been the only candidate who was fully successful that day.
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I just received my invite for the oral assessment for Diplomatic Security. Do they let you know the day of your interview whether or not you have passed? Does anyone know once you have been cleared whether or not you join the next class for training, or is it a roster system like the FS?

So many questions!

Joeypee- have you received your clearance yet?
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#37 Posted : Tuesday, August 9, 2016 3:03:59 AM(UTC)
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I'm pretty sure it is a "register" like for the foreign service, but the number of DS candidates is so much smaller that you will probably get into the next available class. DS Agent is a category of "Foreign Service Specialist" and I think they are able to manage the pipeline better for specialists so you don't have a huge number of people on the register with more getting added all the time, as is the case for FSO "generalists."
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#38 Posted : Monday, August 15, 2016 8:32:09 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: joeypee Go to Quoted Post
By the time they were making an offer to me, however, I saw no other candidates waiting around the office like me. Remember, if you don't make it through any part of the examination, they cut you loose for the day and tell you to try again next time. For all I know, I may have been the only candidate who was fully successful that day.


@joeypee, if you're out there, clean out your PM inbox! Thanks
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#39 Posted : Wednesday, August 17, 2016 5:31:38 AM(UTC)
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Got the DS special agent job and begin training next month!

Good luck to all of you who are still pursuing this opportunity...
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#40 Posted : Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:53:30 PM(UTC)
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Any current DS agents can answer some questions? Currently working for state level LE and looking for an insight.
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