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TCD
Nov 13, 2002

Every step, a fucking adventure.


Vilerat posted:

Anybody who ever makes the claim to you that you need to go to bad places after good is full of poo poo

Fill me in tomorrow bastard.

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Leif.
Mar 27, 2005

Son of the Defender
Formerly Diplomaticus/SWATJester


OP updated with "who is at what stage of the process", also some minor other fixes to stuff.

-e- I am anal about updating OP's, so if you have poo poo you want in there, please just let me know.

JerkyBunion
Jun 22, 2002



I applied for POL.

TCD
Nov 13, 2002

Every step, a fucking adventure.


SWATJester posted:

OP updated with "who is at what stage of the process", also some minor other fixes to stuff.

-e- I am anal about updating OP's, so if you have poo poo you want in there, please just let me know.

Newbie specialist, Central Africa

Grr8
Mar 22, 2006
a'blocka bla'kow

I'm taking the orals next week too.

Wahoo!

Leif.
Mar 27, 2005

Son of the Defender
Formerly Diplomaticus/SWATJester


Stuff updated.

Grr8 posted:

I'm taking the orals next week too.

Wahoo!

Assuming Oct 2009 FSOT then.... what cone? Also, where are you taking it? I'm at Annex 1 on the 5th.


TCD posted:

Newbie specialist, Central Africa

What field?

Grr8
Mar 22, 2006
a'blocka bla'kow

Yup, Oct 2009 FSOT Economics Cone. Taking it on the 8th at Annex 44.

AKA Pseudonym
May 16, 2004

A dashing and sophisticated young man

Doctor Rope

Vilerat posted:

Anybody who ever makes the claim to you that you need to go to bad places after good is full of poo poo

No kidding. I just took a handshake from Geneva.

Some of us don't even need to do a tour in Baghdad

edit: I'm an IMS (specialist) in Kiev. Technically a hardship post, but whatever.

AKA Pseudonym fucked around with this message at 07:55 on Apr 1, 2010

Business of Ferrets
Mar 2, 2008

Good to see that everything is back to normal.

Any of you IMS types know this guy? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/31/state-department-official-recalled/

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


AKA Pseudonym posted:

No kidding. I just took a handshake from Geneva.

Some of us don't even need to do a tour in Baghdad

edit: I'm an IMS (specialist) in Kiev. Technically a hardship post, but whatever.

I don't have a handshake yet, but I have an IMO who is going to bat for me on an assignment he's in charge of staffing, and a post that really wants me there. I've been told unless a tandem swoops through it's a done deal.

Vancoooooooooooooooooooooooooooouver!

AKA Pseudonym
May 16, 2004

A dashing and sophisticated young man

Doctor Rope

Business of Ferrets posted:

Any of you IMS types know this guy? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/31/state-department-official-recalled/

I don't know the name but we were in the same neighborhood. May have crossed paths one way or another.

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


AKA Pseudonym posted:

I don't know the name but we were in the same neighborhood. May have crossed paths one way or another.

How do you accidently have that poo poo in your household goods? I wouldn't know where to even find that poo poo to begin with.

Awkward Davies
Sep 3, 2009


Grimey Drawer

Any recent A100 grads here? My bro just went through it and I saw your swearing in ceremony.

Business of Ferrets
Mar 2, 2008

Good to see that everything is back to normal.

Vilerat posted:

Vancoooooooooooooooooooooooooooouver!

One of my best FS friends is in Vancouver. He regularly reads SA but keeps putting off registering for the forums. YES, I'M CALLING YOU OUT!!!

AKA Pseudonym posted:

Some of us don't even need to do a tour in Baghdad

Wife and I decided that if I were ever going to do an unaccompanied assignment, now was the time, since the impact on the family would be minimized. I'm not at all keen on a year apart, but we can at least avoid having to do so later at a more inconvenient time. Plus, there were plenty of reasons to go, not the least of which was the sense that it was pretty much my turn.

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


Business of Ferrets posted:

One of my best FS friends is in Vancouver. He regularly reads SA but keeps putting off registering for the forums. YES, I'M CALLING YOU OUT!!!


Wife and I decided that if I were ever going to do an unaccompanied assignment, now was the time, since the impact on the family would be minimized. I'm not at all keen on a year apart, but we can at least avoid having to do so later at a more inconvenient time. Plus, there were plenty of reasons to go, not the least of which was the sense that it was pretty much my turn.

Well as I said no handshake, it's too early. Whatever is as close to a handshake without being a handshake is what it is.


[ASK] me about serving at the US embassy in Baghdad! You aren't going to have nearly as much fun now as the rest of us did.

Business of Ferrets
Mar 2, 2008

Good to see that everything is back to normal.

Vilerat posted:

Whatever is as close to a handshake without being a handshake is what it is.

I literally had a CDO refer to this as the "double air-kiss."

Awkward Davies
Sep 3, 2009


Grimey Drawer

Vilerat posted:

Well as I said no handshake, it's too early. Whatever is as close to a handshake without being a handshake is what it is.


[ASK] me about serving at the US embassy in Baghdad! You aren't going to have nearly as much fun now as the rest of us did.

So, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: accurate?

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


Business of Ferrets posted:

I literally had a CDO refer to this as the "double air-kiss."



They should offer a whole course on networking for assignments. The assignment system for state is one of the most bizarre things ever.

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


FakeHipster posted:

So, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: accurate?

I was there 07-08, it calmed down a lot from the early stuff. I was there for a couple weeks in '04 though and it was really insane.

TCD
Nov 13, 2002

Every step, a fucking adventure.


SWATJester posted:

Stuff updated.

What field?

IMS

Skandiaavity
Apr 20, 2005


Edit: SWATJester, I also applied for an IMS vacancy awhile ago. Still waiting to hear back on that, hope I make it

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


Business of Ferrets posted:

Any of you IMS types know this guy? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/31/state-department-official-recalled/

Got a little update from a friend:

Dude took 24 years to make his 3. I don't think we're dealing with a 007 here.

Leif.
Mar 27, 2005

Son of the Defender
Formerly Diplomaticus/SWATJester


OP updated.

TCD did you know that guy.

Dattserberg
Dec 30, 2005

National champion, Heisman winner, King crab enthusiast


Hey Vilerat, could I get your email address? I've got a question for you and I don't have PMs.

TCD
Nov 13, 2002

Every step, a fucking adventure.


Vilerat posted:

Got a little update from a friend:

Dude took 24 years to make his 3. I don't think we're dealing with a 007 here.

drat 23 years? It should take like, 10 or less to make 3.

Nope, never knew the guy.

AKA Pseudonym
May 16, 2004

A dashing and sophisticated young man

Doctor Rope

Vilerat posted:

How do you accidently have that poo poo in your household goods? I wouldn't know where to even find that poo poo to begin with.

Who knows. Some of those old time communicators are weird dudes. Insisting on having his own office in a building nobody else used anymore kind of fits a certain stereotype.

Vilerat
May 11, 2002


Dattserberg posted:

Hey Vilerat, could I get your email address? I've got a question for you and I don't have PMs.

Vilerat@somethingawful.com

Bizob
Dec 18, 2004

Tiger out of nowhere!

Just got my Medical Clearance. The Security Investigator is coming to town next week. I am excited for him to knock on the door of my incredibly shady neighbor with the thick Brooklyn accent who doesn't like to talk about his past or his job.

Also, in reconstructing any foreign trips over the last 10 years, I'm hoping they don't take my listing of locations like "the apartment of a random guy from Rome's train station" or "a hotel in the red light district of Amsterdam" as enormous red flags.

Pompous Rhombus
Mar 11, 2007


Bizob posted:

Just got my Medical Clearance. The Security Investigator is coming to town next week. I am excited for him to knock on the door of my incredibly shady neighbor with the thick Brooklyn accent who doesn't like to talk about his past or his job.

Also, in reconstructing any foreign trips over the last 10 years, I'm hoping they don't take my listing of locations like "the apartment of a random guy from Rome's train station" or "a hotel in the red light district of Amsterdam" as enormous red flags.

I dunno if the investigator asked you to do it already or not, but mine wanted me to have a list of every foreign trip/residence abroad in chronological order, separate from the SF-86. He went through my passports (have had to have two replaced, water damage under differing circumstances ) and checked every single entry/exit date. Would have taken a lot longer if he hadn't asked for the list in advance. That wasn't even for a TS.

Bizob
Dec 18, 2004

Tiger out of nowhere!

Pompous Rhombus posted:

I dunno if the investigator asked you to do it already or not, but mine wanted me to have a list of every foreign trip/residence abroad in chronological order, separate from the SF-86. He went through my passports (have had to have two replaced, water damage under differing circumstances ) and checked every single entry/exit date. Would have taken a lot longer if he hadn't asked for the list in advance. That wasn't even for a TS.

Yep, thats what my guy wants too. I did the stereotypical yuppie-scumbag backpacking trip with some friends after I graduated from college, which just fits into the 10-year lookback period he wants me to document, and I have absolutely NO idea where we stayed for 95% of the trip. I have the contact information for my travelling companions, and he seems to think that should be enough.

Homie S
Aug 6, 2001

This is what it means

Bizob posted:

Yep, thats what my guy wants too. I did the stereotypical yuppie-scumbag backpacking trip with some friends after I graduated from college, which just fits into the 10-year lookback period he wants me to document, and I have absolutely NO idea where we stayed for 95% of the trip. I have the contact information for my travelling companions, and he seems to think that should be enough.

Get ahold of them and see where they are and make sure the info is current, you can count on them getting a visit.


Also I got multiple emails from my case manager saying they had a guy in the country I lived in for awhile looking for my address and couldn't find it, so that might be fair game too. (although all it took was 2 words in google to find it )

Leif.
Mar 27, 2005

Son of the Defender
Formerly Diplomaticus/SWATJester


On the way to annex 1 wish me good luck

Business of Ferrets
Mar 2, 2008

Good to see that everything is back to normal.

Good luck!

Skandiaavity
Apr 20, 2005


welp, didn't get selected for the FSOT. Bet it's the biographical, sent for more info. (And I'm still hoping for the IMTS position)

SwatJester, good luck!

Bizob
Dec 18, 2004

Tiger out of nowhere!

SWATJester posted:

On the way to annex 1 wish me good luck

Good vibes headed your way.

JerkyBunion
Jun 22, 2002



Good luck. Report back. I'm still coming up with ideas for the PN.

Is it ok to discuss PN material here?

Leif.
Mar 27, 2005

Son of the Defender
Formerly Diplomaticus/SWATJester


gently caress yeah.


I passed all 3 sections, for a 5.5 total (POL). With vet pref that will put me to 5.67. I'll crosspost a little mini-recap after I draft one for the yahoo list.

Bizob
Dec 18, 2004

Tiger out of nowhere!

SWATJester posted:

gently caress yeah.


I passed all 3 sections, for a 5.5 total (POL). With vet pref that will put me to 5.67. I'll crosspost a little mini-recap after I draft one for the yahoo list.

Hell yeah! The POL register is crazy long these days but with a 5.67 you should be pretty high up there. Congrats!

Grr8
Mar 22, 2006
a'blocka bla'kow

SWATJester posted:

gently caress yeah.


I passed all 3 sections, for a 5.5 total (POL). With vet pref that will put me to 5.67. I'll crosspost a little mini-recap after I draft one for the yahoo list.

Congratulations!

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Omits-Bagels
Feb 12, 2001


Are the political track people the only ones who get to go to fancy parties?

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