Accepting Applications for Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier

Paul Revere, the most famous American Courier-Messenger.

The State Department is now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier positions.

Click here ( to read the vacancy announcement, and to start the online application process.

The deadline to submit completed applications is July 18, 2011.

Please note that applicants must be U.S. citizens, willing and able to travel extensively throughout the world, and must be at least 20 years of age and must have or be within nine months of receiving their Associate’s degree in order to apply. Those who have successfully gone through the selection process will be required to obtain a valid medical clearance, Top Secret security clearance, and undergo a suitability review. Please read the entire vacancy announcement for all requirements and qualifications.


29 Responses to Accepting Applications for Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier

  1. David says:

    I recently took the FSOT and did not pass. Can I still apply for this position regardless?

    • ABSOLUTELY! Please, apply!!!

      Failing the FSOT means nothing except that you failed a standardized test. We’ve got a GREAT demand for couriers now and I personally know two former couriers who have crossed over to being FSO’s. Let me know if you have any questions about the application process.

  2. Mike Geers says:

    Any idea of the timeframe involved from the cut off date of July 18th until notifications are made? Also I see all the pre-employment testing takes place in D.C. – how many trips would one need to pay for out of their own pocket, if they were successful throughout the process? Thanks!

    • Not sure how long it will take HR to sort out the applications and get back to you. Keep in mind they may not get enough applications and decide to extend the deadline. Typically, if the government requires you to show up in DC for an interview, they’re obligated to pay for your expenses and it’s unlikely they’ll ask you to go out more than once.

      • Stephen says:

        Hmm, where did you get your information about the government reimbursing expenses? I was invited to the Foreign Service Generalist Oral Assessment last year, having passed the FSOT and with my QEP responses accepted. When I went to the Oral Assessment, I – and the other candidates – paid our own airfare and for accommodations. I would rather doubt Uncle Sam reimbursing expenses for the Diplomatic Courier process.

      • Well Stephen, we can all hope but you’re probably right on this. I know for a fact that those taking the OA get no costs covered. I just wasn’t sure about those applying through the specialist track. I have been reimbursed by the federal government in the past for interviews, but that was another agency. I will try to double check on specialist applications but you’re probably right, State may not pay for those interviewing for specialist jobs.

  3. David says:

    Thanks for your insight! I think I will apply to the position and hopefully find a way to become an FSO. I have a general question in regards to education. I have all the necessary qualifications, but I did not complete a graduate program and was wondering if it was necessary to mention this. Thanks again.

    • It’s not necessary to mention it, but you could list you took additional graduate courses to show you’re efforts at continuing education. As long as you have the necessary qualifications as noted on the job announcement, then you’re good to go.

  4. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for the information! I’ve just applied today. I passed the FSWE but I figure it can’t hurt to try for this as well. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. 🙂

  5. Lafayette says:

    I applied for the diplomatic courier postion. I have a current secret security clearance and currently GS-9 working in South Korea. I also speak the language. Do you think there is a possibility that I would just stay here in South Korea if selected? Also, would I still need to travel all the way to DC for the interview, or could there be an exception to policy and have me interview at the embassy here?

    • I think it’s unlikely that Embassy will interview you as the interviewing office is located in DC, not Seoul. If the USG requires you to show up in DC for an interview, it’s likely they’ll pay for a night of hotel but not for your airfare back to the US.

  6. Gregory says:

    Any idea what percentage of applicants get hired?

  7. EH says:

    I’ve applied for the Diplomatic Courier position and did not pass the initial screening. I’m a retired Navy sailor, served 20 years, willing to travel extensively, and have bachelors degree in engineering. Can I still reapply when the position reopens…. What are they looking for ???

    • Yes, you can re-apply! I can’t say for sure why you didn’t pass the initial screening without looking at the actual application. Did you meet the minimum requirements and did you make that clear in your application? Sometimes omitting just one thing off your resume can make or break the initial screening.

  8. John says:

    Have been invited to the Oral/Written assessments in DC this fall.

    Am understanding that those who have sat for these will have signed a non-disclosure agreement, and can respect that. Is there anything that “can” be said/advised in terms of how to prepare for these?

  9. Ray says:

    Dont bother…the State Dept hires according to connected friends..or special referrals…”nepotism”…I’ve seen highly decorated and qualified persons passed over by kids with no experience who were “connected”…the whole hiring process is bullshit and they wont tell you why failed the exams/interviews…no accountability to anyone. I was a decorated veteran…law enforcement officer…with a degree in international studies..not to mention a top secret clearance…but not qualified to do courier work?

  10. Philip F. says:

    Don’t be discouraged by Ray’s negativity. I know absolutely no one in the State Department, or anywhere else for that matter. I spent 4-1/2 years in the Marine Corps infantry, but have very little work experience other than that. I have a B.A. in International Security and Conflict Resolution, but no advanced degree. I have only held a Secret clearance. Despite my having no connections and probably less experience than Ray, I passed the tests and received a Conditional Offer of Employment. The position had relatively low standards compared to a lot of other federal positions out there, and Ray probably didn’t make it through the exam because of his attitude. It doesn’t matter how good you are if you can’t convey that in a professional manner during your oral exams.

  11. Rob says:

    Philip F. or others who have received a Conditional Offer of Employment: have you heard how many people received the offer? Do you know when the training will begin? I am still waiting for the clearances.

  12. Fred says:

    Any idea of when the next Diplomatic Courier offer will begin?

  13. Zach says:

    Hi! I applied for the Diplomatic Courier position back in July of last year, 2011. My application online currently has the status of “Eligible – Application Referred to Selecting Official”. Can someone advise what happens next and how long the wait usually is?

    Also, is there someone I should call to check on my application, show pointed interest in the position?

    Also, I have read on some other forums, that there is a class starting in March for the first batch of chosen Couriers. Is this so? Since I did not hear anything back yet, does that mean I am still on the list for a future class?

    Thank you very much for your help!

  14. says:

    Does anyone know the hiring numbers for DC in the last 3 years?

  15. John Sanders says:

    I am currently enrolled in Saint Leo University and I want to correspond with this agency I am 43 yrs old and will have my Bachelor Degree in criminal justice soon.

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