I guess I should also note that this is my second attempt to get into the Foreign Service. I took the written test last year, passed, and then just missed (5.2) on the oral. Had I not come so close, I probably would not have tried again. But being off by .05 seemed almost to challenge me to try again. That and the fact that my car had been on the receiving end of a shootout in Petworth the night before while I was attending a community meeting for work. Instead of going to bed early and getting a good night of sleep, there I was at midnight watching an evidence technician pull panels off my car looking for bullets.
That is a big hole! The cop told me it was a .45.
So try again I did, and this time the whole process seemed easier and shorter. I got much higher scores on both the written and the oral, and now I am just waiting for the A-100 to start. For all of you out there thinking of going through this process, definitely give yourself at least two chances. I cannot overstate just how much more comfortable I was at the oral this year because of my experience last year. Night and day.
Anyway, here is my 2010 FS application timeline.
March 6, 2010 – passed FSOT (64.37 + 58.16 + 53.97 = 176.5)
June 1, 2010 – passed QEP
August 23, 2010 – passed FSOA (5.6)(+.175 Veterans points)
September 20, 2010 – granted Class 1 medical clearance
September 28, 2010 – security clearance interview
October 15, 2010 – investigation completed
November 3, 2010 – security clearance granted
November 5, 2010 – final suitability review done, Management register, 9/104
November 10, 2010 – offer extended for February A-100 Class (Feb 14)
November 15, 2010 – offer accepted
February 14, 2010 - A-100 starts