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How to Become a Foreign Service Officer

How to Become a Foreign Service Officer

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Chris McConnell | GovCentral

How to Become a Foreign Service Officer

Step One – Choose a Career Path

There are five career path one can follow as a Foreign Service Office. It’s important to select the path you want to pursue in your application.

  • • Consular: Consular Officers protect Americans abroad and strengthen U.S. border security
  • • Economic: Economic Officers promote economic partnerships, development, and fair trade
  • • Management: Management Officers run our embassies and make American diplomacy work
  • • Political: Political Officers analyze political events
  • • Public Diplomacy: Public Diplomacy Officers explain American values and policies

As well, here are the basics for employment eligibility, as decreed by the State Department

  • • U.S. citizens on the date they submit their registration package
  • • At least 20 years old and no older than 59 years of age on the day you submit your registration
  • • At least 21 years old and not yet 60 on the day you are appointed as a Foreign Service Officer
  • • Available for worldwide assignments*, including Washington, D.C.

Step Two – Submit Your Application/Register for the Foreign Service Officer Test

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