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The George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NAFTC) is the U.S. government's primaring training institution for officers and support personnel of the foreign affairs community. It was previously known (and, due to the facility's rather lengthy name, is still referred to by many) as the Foreign Service Institute, or FSI, and is located in Arlington, Virginia, at what was once referred to as Arlington Hall. Shultz in his official D.O.L. portrait. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Arlington Hall Arlington Hall was the headquarters of the US Armys Signal Intelligence Service (SIS) cryptography effort during World War II. It was named for its location in Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Virginia—a private girls school which was commandeered during the War. ...


FSI prepares Foreign Service Officers and other government foreign affairs professionals to advance U.S. foreign affairs interests overseas and in Washington. At the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, and other locations both domestically and abroad, FSI provides more than 400 classroom courses, including some 60 foreign languages, to more than 42,000 individuals annually from the State Department and more than 40 other government agencies and the military service branches. Additionally, FSI enrolls over 5,900 State Department employees into outside training programs and provides access to several thousand commercial distance learning courses for over 2,200 State Department employees. The United States Foreign Service is a personnel system established under the Foreign Service Act. ... “Washington State” redirects here. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ...


The Institute's programs include training for the development of Foreign and Civil Service professionals, and for Foreign Service Nationals (locally hired employees overseas) who work at U.S. Embassies around the world. Ranging in length from one day to two years, courses are designed to promote successful performance in each professional assignment, to ease the adjustment to other countries and cultures, and to enhance the leadership and management capabilities of the U.S. foreign affairs community. Other courses and services help family members prepare for the demands of a mobile lifestyle and living abroad, and provide employees and their families with important information about such critical and timely topics as emergency preparedness and cyber security awareness, among others. A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ...


 
 

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