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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JULY-AUGUST 2013
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tor Ben Afeck talked about the Foreign
Service at the Oscars. I understand that
he did so in response to a question from
AFSA News
Editor Donna Ayerst.
I received notes afterward from
people who saw that exchange. It seems
we get a lot more attention when a
movie star talks about what we do.
Great job!
Susan Reichle
USAID FSO
Washington, D.C.
Language-Designated
Positions
Regarding AFSA State VP Daniel
Hirsch’s May
AFSA News
column, “All
Overseas Positions Should Be Lan-
guage-Designated,” I would note that
not all Foreign Service staf are created
equal. While we may have excellent
skills as couriers and nurses and ofce
managers, we may not have that spark
that enables us to obtain a 2/2 in Uzbek,
Ukrainian, Polish or Mongolian, or even
Russian.
Moreover, classifying each posi-
tion as language-designated locks an
employee into a linguistic region. Will
you ever get out of Lusophone countries
once you speak Portuguese?
While I do not disagree that we
should expand the number of language-
designated positions, I think a sweeping
change applying to
all
positions would
be as bad as, if not worse than, the cur-
rent system.
Llywelyn C. Graeme III
Ofce Management Specialist
Embassy Kyiv
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