Foreign Service Spouse Training

Today Jason completed his 7th day of training with the Foreign Service. The State Department offers classes for the spouses of their employees, so I’m trying to take advantage of the training while the kids and I are in DC for three weeks.

For the past two days I have been privileged to attend the Securities Overseas Seminar. I now know way more than I ever wanted to know about the numerous ways that terrorists want to kill me as an American citizen and part of a diplomatic mission. The first day I learned all the different ways my family and I may be under surveillance, as well as what to do if I come upon an explosive device.  I especially enjoyed the briefing on the various ways the Taliban and Al-Qaeda may choose to gang rape me and my children.  The carjacking briefing was fun too.  Today I learned about espionage and how to tell if a spy is trying to get classified information from me.  I also learned about weapons of mass destruction and how to handle anthrax laced letters and various chemical, biological and radiological agents. The hostage survival briefing was especially fun. Finally, if my kids or I develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I’ll know where to go to seek treatment.

So basically, besides the benefits that the Foreign Service offers its employees such as free housing and private school tuition, we have the added benefit of potentially dying in really interesting ways.

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3 comments

  1. Adrienne Dimond · August 10, 2010

    My Mom read your post earlier to Scott and I. Then I read it again tonight. Not sure if I would laugh or cry. It’s going to be quite the adventure! I’m excited for you!

  2. Lorisa Massey · August 11, 2010

    Wow! Sounds like you guys are really in for the adventure of your life! Hopefully those are things that you never have to encounter. 🙂

  3. Gretchen Buhrley · August 11, 2010

    Sounds like a BLAST!!!! Lucky!!!! I wish I could potentially die in various, interesting ways. I’ll probably just get broadsided by a minivan full of kids headed to the free hot dog night at RC Willey. You are so cool!! (Seriously – I hope you’re enjoying your time in DC, aside from sitting in those training classes)

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