New hires to USAID's Foreign Service have up to 5 years to be tenured. I'm happy to be tenured so the looming threat of meeting that deadline is no longer there. Bureaucratically, I'm just now listed as from "Career-Conditional" to "Career".
The requirements to be tenured generally are:
- 36 months with USAID and at least 18 months of that time in an overseas Mission.
- Medical and Security Clearances valid.
- Achievement of a foreign language proficiency (mine was in Indonesian).
- No other issues.
- Re-certification of Worldwide availability.
However, I'm not fully a real "Officer" yet. That doesn't happen until I can get promoted to the next grade and receive a commission. But it's a significant milestone in my career and looking forward to working toward the next.
If interested in reading the details of USAID's tenuring process, the information is available at:
Tenure Policy and Process: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1877/414mad.pdf
Precepts for the USAID's Foreign Service Tenure Board: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1877/414mac.pdf