DiploMom and I had a great meeting with her assigned Career Development Officer (CDO) today in D.C. The CDOs meet with members of the A-100 class to discuss career objectives, answer questions about the post bidding process, and help with any other issues that arise. They also determine all of the post assignments, putting together the puzzle that comprises post preferences from all class members, while taking into account the needs of State in determining who goes where.

So needless to say, our CDO will have a huge impact on our lives for the next couple of years. Our bid list is due next week and we have a pretty good idea of how our preferences will map out, so once we submit, then we get to anxiously wait for Flag Day, where all of the post assignments will be announced.