foreign service


Definition of foreign service 

: the field force of a foreign office comprising diplomatic and consular personnel

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Prior to beginning her academic career, Bateson joined the foreign service, spending nearly two years in the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democratic congressional candidate's ad could lead to false impressions | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 According to her father, Sabika Sheikh had hoped to one day join Pakistan's foreign service and become a diplomat. Fox News, "Thousands mourn Pakistani exchange student slain at Texas school," 23 May 2018 After graduating from Princeton University in 1952, serving two years in the Navy, and studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Carlucci joined the State Department as a foreign service officer. Robert Burns, Fox News, "Frank Carlucci dies at 87; was diplomat and Pentagon chief," 4 June 2018 Carlucci studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and later joined the State Department as a foreign service officer. Washington Post, "Frank Carlucci dies at 87; was diplomat and Pentagon chief," 4 June 2018 President Donald Trump announced plans to nominate a retired foreign service officer affiliated with an organization that critics call an anti-immigrant hate group to run the State Department bureau overseeing refugee protection and resettlement. Nick Wadhams,, "Trump Picks Anti-Immigration Hard-Liner to Lead Refugee Bureau," 25 May 2018 The book then covers the use of M1s in U.S. and foreign service, and rounds out its coverage discussing variants, including bridging and engineering versions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Check Out This Exhaustively Detailed Manual for the A-10 Warthog," 24 May 2018 Crocker, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon, served under both GOP and Democratic administrations before retiring from foreign service in 2012. Diane Bell,, "Trump's ambassador to Germany is former San Diegan Ric Grenell," 4 May 2018 After the United States expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed a consulate in Seattle, Russia responded by expelling the same number of foreign service officers and closing the consulate in St. Petersburg. Dan Merica, CNN, "Trump promise to get out of Syria 'very soon' could be a win for Russia," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foreign service

1870, in the meaning defined above

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