U.S. Foreign Service needs language skills

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Apr 19, 2010

This is most likely true but does not mean languages are not a priority for the Foreign Service. They have a comprehensive system of training, and their recruiting system assumes that they are able to manage their staff's linguistic skills whereas psychological features or general knowledge of anyone past one's 20s are not upgradable. I am not in a position to judge whether they are right or wrong but such is their approach indeed.

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Apr 9, 2010

Tell your children to study Arabic and Chinese!

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Fabrizio Zambuto  Identity Verified
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Apr 14, 2010

...Farsi, Pashtu and Gujarati as well, they keep posting AD with these language requirements.

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Apr 16, 2010

I went through the process to join the American foreign service and they made it very clear that language skills were of absolutely NO importance whatsoever in being selected for the foreign service. When I mentioned that I spoke 4 languages besides English, they brushed it off and made sure that I knew this would practically nothing for my application, as was even explained at the time in the process documentation. The whole Foreign Servcie selection process is based on psychological, organizational and personality-related skills after passing a fairly difficult test on knowledge about history and government.

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