Yesterday was the official end of A100! That means that I have been through six weeks of training with only thirteen left to go before we take off for Malabo!
A100 ends with our official swearing in ceremony. We take our oath of office once on the first day of work (for the money) and a second time on our last day of orientation (for the show). It’s the same oath the vice president takes.
“I ________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Our A100 class went out to celebrate at a waterfront bar after the ceremony. We started our celebration on a patio, but were forced inside by rain and strong winds. One of our colleagues assured me that rain on an important day was a sign of good things to come. Surely that means we’ll all have hugely successful careers promoting peace, prosperity, and democracy!
It was great to meet people’s families and relax a little bit before we go our separate ways on Monday. In three months, about half of our class will be spread out across the globe in our new jobs. The other half is sticking around for language training and may be in DC as late as April of next year.