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Super critical language and job assignment
User: OS
Date: 8/8/2011 8:01 am
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I'm planning on registering for the FSOT soon

I do understand that to be considered, you need to be worldwide available, but does knowing on of the Super Critical languages(Mandarin Chinese for example) increase the likelihood of being assigned to one of the countries where the language is spoken? thank you. 

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Re: Super critical language and job assignment
PAB_SME
User: PAB_SME
Date: 8/8/2011 8:27 am
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If you take advantage of the language bonus provision for knowledge of Super Critical or Critical Needs Languages you will be required to serve in a country where that language is spoken at least twice in your career: once during your first two tours and again after being promoted to the mid-levels of the Foreign Service.

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Re: Super critical language and job assignment
User: Visitorz
Date: 9/2/2011 10:46 pm
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Please allow me to pursuit further on this issue. 

In terms of years, two tours would mean a total of four years, correct?

These two tours will be assigned consecutively? 

What class is considered mid-levels? 

When you are mid-level, how many tours are you allowed to serve for? 

Thank you for your time.

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Re: Super critical language and job assignment
P51
User: P51
Date: 9/3/2011 6:00 am
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*In terms of years, two tours would mean a total of four years, correct?

Not necessarily.  Depending on where you are assigned, a tour could last from 1-4 years.

*These two tours will be assigned consecutively? 

Not necessarily.

*What class is considered mid-levels? 

FS-03 and FS-02.

*When you are mid-level, how many tours are you allowed to serve for?

As long as you don't go over the time in class limits, you can do as many as you're able to fit in.

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Re: Super critical language and job assignment
PAB_SME
User: PAB_SME
Date: 9/3/2011 8:15 am
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Thank you for your posting.  I would like to add on to the information provided by P51:

The first two overseas assignments are normally for two years each. 

If you have critical language skills you should expect to serve in a position using your language skills during your first OR second assignment. Later, as you move to the mid-career ranks, you may be required to serve again in a country that uses that language skill. You may have other opportunities, as well.

Over a career span, Foreign Service Officers can also expect some assignments to the U.S.

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