FS Clearances and lots of paperwork

One of the conditions of joining the Foreign Service is that all prospective employees must obtain a security clearance for obvious reasons, and a medical clearance since lots of posts are isolated without nearby medical facilities. The security clearance process involves a lot of paperwork but isn’t as bad as I had anticipated, although remembering past addresses when you’ve moved over a dozen times since high school is a bit of a challenge.

The medical clearance, on the other hand, is way more work than I was expecting. I went in for my physical Wednesday, and got my blood work and x-rays done Friday. I knew the physical was going to be interesting when I found out halfway through that the nurse had pulled the wrong chart – the doctor thought I was a different patient! Fortunately, everything else went fine, although they had difficulties with the hearing test. That or my hearing isn’t as good as it used to be đŸ˜¦ Next Wednesday I have to go to an audiologist to get a more accurate hearing test done, then hopefully get my lab work and send everything in. Lots and lots of tests…I guess if I don’t get this job, at least I’ll know that I’m healthy…

~ by theuncommonlife on March 6, 2010.

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