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OCTOBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
TODAY’S NEWHIRES:
WHAT THEY SEE,
WHAT THEY SAY
F
ollowing a Foreign Service hiring wave beginning
in 2008, designed to replenish depleted ranks, the
Foreign Service today once again resembles the boa
constrictor that swallowed an elephant. And as Saint
Exupéry describes the boa in
Te Little Prince
:
“You have great truths inside you if only anyone would bother
to look.”
Te Department of State and the U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development have welcomed a major infux of new
talent under State’s Diplomacy 3.0 hiring program and USAID’s
Development Leadership Initiative, increasing their ranks by
17 and 54 percent, respectively.
Te boa’s last big meal came in the early 2000s with the hir-
ing surge brought on by State’s Diplomatic Readiness Initiative
Shawn Dorman, a former FSO, is associate editor of
Te Foreign
Service Journal
and editor/publisher of AFSA’s book publishing
division, FSBooks.
Here’s a look at what the new hires
of State and USAID expect from
a Foreign Service career.
BY SHAWN DORMAN