Now that everyone in the February Cohort has submitted our personal narratives it is the long wait until late May or so to find out if we continue in the process or if it is the end of the road. I imagine that there will be a lot of disappointment when we all hit the link to see if the first word is Congratulations!
The whole process is a bit of mystery, but I would suspect even with the size of the registers and the budget crisis that State will still bring quality candidates into the pipeline. I guess the question is how high will the line be drawn in each cone as to how many candidates are invited to the Oral Assessment. This is surprisingly the only stage in the process where State can raise or lower the flood gates during the hiring process. As someone who has spent most of his career in the private sector it seems a strange way to run an organization.
That being said, as I have looked at other geo-political options,as flawed as the FSO process may seem it is certainly far better than most of the others. It has been a little over a week since I hit the submit button and have the sinking suspicion that I might have changed my previous narratives a bit too much, but the good news is that I only have another seven weeks or so to dwell on it.