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biggerjets  
#1 Posted : Monday, July 16, 2007 9:42:58 AM(UTC)
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I am interested in taking the foreign service officer test within the year. The application process is extremely thorough, including the class one worldwide medical clearance. I understand this medical clearance takes into account existing medical conditions very seriously due to overseas medical care. Does anyone know if asthma is an automatic disqualifier for this class one clearance?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:31:46 AM(UTC)
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Can't get into the specifics of the medical clearance, but not having a class 1 clearance is not an automatic disqualifier to join the FS...Class 1 simply means that you're fit for unlimited overseas duty...Class 2 (my case) will pretty much allow you to serve anywhere (again, depending on MED considerations), but there are certain limitations. It all depends on the country's medical facilities and the nature of your medical condition...So, don't let this stop you from applying...hope all goes well.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2007 8:22:19 AM(UTC)
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so the department does take into consideration the possible duty stations for which a candidate will most likely be sent or best fit?
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:03:26 PM(UTC)
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code will always be taken into consideration when assigning you (and your family) overseas. There is a specific process that must be followed for those with a class 2 med clearance in which MED is very much involved. Basically MED will have the final say whether to let you go or not to a particular country. So far I've had no issues being assigned to the countries I've served and I have a mild case of glaucoma and HBP. Perhaps in your case, you'll have an issue serving at high altitude countries such as Mexico or Bolivia, but I think that overall you shouldn't have a problem as long as your condition is controlled.
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#5 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2007 10:20:57 AM(UTC)
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Thanks very much for your time and responses
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#6 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2007 6:59:40 AM(UTC)
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Anyone interested or work as a Foreign Service Officer?

If Yes, What do you like about it and what you don't?
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#7 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:04:45 AM(UTC)
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I think that it would be a cool job, yea I would do it..
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#8 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:22:40 AM(UTC)
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parksleyman, did't read the news...Condy Rice is planning on forcing FSOs to serve in Iraq or else they get fired!!!Gil in Tex
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#9 Posted : Thursday, November 15, 2007 3:26:20 PM(UTC)
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I'd like to be an FSO, but still working on my degree.

I've also wanted to go to Iraq, but I have others opinions to consider in my life. Moving into a job where I'm "forced" would be a different story though Big Grin
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#10 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 3:40:05 AM(UTC)
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I've been on the FS for 17 years now and I highly recommended. Great job (if you don't mind the living abroad and learning other cultures)that offers many satisfaction. I wouldn't worry too much about the Iraq situation, currently many are volunteering and chances are no one will be forced to go after all. Must also consider that even if forced to go, the tour is one to two years, but I seriously don't see it happening.
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#11 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 3:42:39 AM(UTC)
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my spelling errors!
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#12 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 3:47:35 AM(UTC)
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What countries did you serve at during your 17 years career?

Also if I'm naturally bilingual what is the chance that I'll be sent to the country that I am from or near by one? I speak Russian (Native toungue)
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#13 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 3:57:00 AM(UTC)
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I've served in 3 LATAM (Latin American)countries, 1 in Europe and 1 in South East Asia. I'm currently on my domestic tour in DC.

Knowing a foreing language is always a plus, but the assignment process for serving overseas is pretty much based on the available vacancies that exist when you submit you bids. However, your first posting will be Department directed. After your first tour (usually two years at post), then you get to bid on the countries of your choice, following the bidding process.

As a FS employee you'll have a CDO (Carreer Development Officer. He or She will work with you during your entire bidding process. It is then when you push your language skills for a particular country of choice.
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#14 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 4:26:09 AM(UTC)
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I wonder how hard is FSO test itself? How big is a chance to be selected? And what do they usually do during Oral Assessment?

Also can you take a test in your local city or you have to go to Washington D.C. for a written test too?
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#15 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 4:45:11 AM(UTC)
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I'm a FS Specialist, meaning my entry process didn't require taking the FSO test. There are plenty of study guides to prepare oneself for written part of the test. As far as the oral goes, from what I understand during the assesment they create various scenarios to see how you perform given x,y,z situation and with the information presented. They evaluate how you work as a team and ultimately your ability to digest information and make "the best" decision.

I'm attaching a link that should provide you with test dates, requirements and location(s). You might want to look into the FS Specialist fields as well. Hope all works out.

http://careers.state.gov/officer/index.html
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#16 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 6:06:56 AM(UTC)
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State Dept pay rates are less that the GS schedule.
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#17 Posted : Friday, November 16, 2007 6:39:56 AM(UTC)
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Isn't the State Dept going to NSPS anyway???Gil in Tex
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#18 Posted : Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:15:56 AM(UTC)
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I’m a 856 series type person, but if they did have a position open that I could fit into I would go…
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#19 Posted : Saturday, November 17, 2007 4:31:45 AM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by mudpie:
State Dept pay rates are less that the GS schedule.


Actually, State Department has both the GS schedule and the FS schedule employees, so the GS employees at the State Department actually get the same base pay as any other GS employee in other agencies and departments. And even when GS and FS pay rates are compared, I would say that the pay rates for foreign service and civil service are the same, but that FS may even be higher with things like hazard pay.

The FS pay system is essentially just an inverted table of the GS system, where their "highest" level is a grade 1, step 14 ($120,981 salary), while the highest level in the GS system is grade 15, step 10 ($120,981 salary).

You can see the pay tables here:
GS Pay Table (sans locality pay)
FS Pay Table (sans locality pay)

[This message was edited by Ms. Nomer on November 17, 2007 at 03:46 PM.]
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#20 Posted : Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:34:23 PM(UTC)
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FS schedulers only compete for promotion among other FSers within the State Department world wide. Not with GSers.
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