Strong State Department Career Progression

Issues

The public deserves the best when it comes to senior diplomatic appointments. If those appointments include individuals from the private sector or other parts of government, they should be of the highest quality.  However, even the most qualified political appointees should not be appointed in such numbers that outstanding careers officers are forced to seek advancement outside of the service.  It is also essential that policies encourage talented young people to choose the Foreign Service as a career.  The American public deserves the very best.