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Foreign Service Officers

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The Foreign Service isn't a single organization. Prospective officers actually apply to join one of two different agencies: either the Department of State or the Bureau of International Information Programs. The Department of State develops and implements foreign policy, while the Bureau of International Information Programs explains these policies and actions to the world by engaging in public diplomacy. When hired, officers are offered an appointment to one of these agencies. There's very little moving between agencies. Foreign Service officers work in Washington, D.C., or are stationed in more than 170 foreign countries that have U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions.

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