Today was the day. I put on a clean suit, raised my right hand, and swore to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I am now a Foreign Service Officer, representing the United States.
At the request of my new bosses, you won’t get a lot of details here about what they teach us, but I will try to post my reactions.
The excitement of day one peaks with the reception of our bid lists. These are lists of the available locations for our first overseas assignment. We have a week to evaluate the list and provide our input to the selection board. Our assignments (which come on Flag Day, October 24th in our case) take our requests into account, but we are available to be assigned worldwide, for the good of the Service and the Country.