Monday, September 26, 2011

Changes to

It seems they've changed up the website which describes the job of Foreign Service Officer.
My husband and I were just glancing at the site and he remarked, "Hey look at this. The description has changed from when I first applied 2 years ago."
This from
Who We Look For
A career with the Foreign Service may appear glamorous: worldwide travel, government-paid housing, generous pay and benefits. In some instances, though, working as a Foreign Service Officer can be very challenging and sometimes dangerous. During this career you can expect to be assigned to hardship posts. These posts can be in remote locations, without many U.S.- style amenities; there can be sporadic power outages, unreliable internet service etc. Health and sanitation standards can be below U.S. standards. Some assignments are "unaccompanied," which means family members may not travel to the post with you.
That’s why it takes a special type of person to represent America abroad, to advance diplomatic initiatives to the benefit of both the U.S. and the host country. Serving as a U.S. diplomat requires fortitude, flexibility, the ability to adapt to changing situations, and cultures other than your own.
When hiring Foreign Service Officers, we look for motivated individuals with sound judgment and leadership abilities who can retain their composure in times of great stress — or even dire situations, like a military coup or a major environmental disaster.
Some of these positions are in danger or war zones and a good number involve sending officers without their families, who usually remain in the U.S. for the duration of the particular assignment.
Hardship posts are those where living conditions are considered more difficult than in the United States. Climate, isolation, civil unrest, quality of local health care, crime rate, pollution levels, and availability of spousal employment opportunities are some of the factors considered in determining which locations as designated as hardship posts.
We started laughing. A "special type of person." They want to make it clear. Special alrighty. No glamour. This is government work and your pay will be threatened to be cut weekly.
Then there was this beautiful description from Medical:
The Office of Medical Services of the Department of State determines a candidate's medical fitness and ability to serve overseas. Many Foreign Service posts are located in remote areas with extremely limited medical support; therefore, each candidate must meet rigorous medical standards in order to qualify for the required worldwide medical clearance….
….[the most isolated and restricted overseas] posts could feature extreme isolation in terms of limitations on reliable air service in and out of the country, unreliable Internet and telecommunications connections, and/or unreliable postal and delivery systems. Any of these limited services can have a severe adverse impact in terms of both bringing in required medical services and/or supplies, and/or permitting timely medical evacuations. Other infrastructure at such a post might also be inadequate. There might be a poor or negligible public health system, poor sanitation, unreliable electricity and a lack of potable water. There might also be infectious and communicable diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, typhoid, tuberculosis, rabies, encephalitis and gastrointestinal diseases. There might be no health unit at the post and next to no local medical facilities. The emergency room, for example, might be completely inadequate, without ventilators, defibrillators, x-ray capabilities, etc. There often would be no blood bank or medical supplies or medications available locally. Because of political instability, security could be a concern.
Candidates should be aware that these posts are not few in number nor confined to a specific geographic region. Also, there are numerous other posts — in Asia and Europe for example — where conditions appear similar to that of the U.S. but which also feature some of these restrictive characteristics….
Awesome. Good thing I renewed by CPR/ First Aid and AED Training. I might be the village surgeon with my extensive 8 hour course training. Delivering babies, doing trachs with a bic pen.
So I added a bit of my own to, to keep it real: 
"You will eat bugs. And not by accident. You may have your eyes poked with sticks. Your testicles will be punctured. Your children will learn to carve bows and arrows and hunt their own dinner. You will fight with tigers (ahem). You will make cheese from squirrels' milk. You will have your house bombed by acorns. You will have diarrhea and cauliflower ear. You may lead a revolution. You may be forced to learn Danish and Dutch and German simultaneously. Your dog will know the command "duck and cover!" You will bathe with large, hairy spiders. This is no tea party! You'll have to host tea parties.  And don't think you're getting out of this without anti-depressants. Welcome to the club. Your pay is cut."

There should be a waiver at the bottom of the application process. 

"Circle if you are a damn fool. 
Yes. or No."
We circled "Yes." this morning and scheduled the OA. Damn fools.

1 comment:

Nomads By Nature said...

Love your additions! And the bug thing, it won't be because you chose to. It will be because your stored food, wrapped in plastic ziplocks and then stored in sealed bins will still regularly be subject to infestations because you purchased your food on the local front, consumable privs having been recently canceled, and the $7.00+ gallon of gas can't even be dipped into because of high crime concerns for just running down to the store to grab a fresh lot of grains. Besides, when you boil that bug ridden pasta or rice - you are in a way purging the plague yourself, and with judicious skimming, can have a virtually sanitary meal, slightly protein fortified. Cheers!