Also of significance with the first year anniversary was my first promotion to class 5. Previously, all USAID Junior Officers came in as class 6 ( I think they allow people to enter now at class 5) regardless of education and experience, whereas in the State Department, new Junior Officers could come in at up to class 4. A bit of a disparity considering class 5 in State is given just by having a Master degree while USAID requires at least a Master to join. However, we receive administrative promotions the first two years to get us up to class 4 so long as performance is satisfactory. Additionally, the promotion comes with a nice bump in salary which will make living in DC (apartments there are anything but inexpensive) until post a bit more comfortable.
I'm looking forward to the next year with moving to post, really developing my Indonesian language and cultural knowledge, and having many more new experiences.
|He's drinking a soda!|