STA T E DEPT. OFFICIAL OUTLINES PROGRAM
The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 19, 1980-Page 3
By LISSA OLIVER
Ambassador Ronald Palmer, a
deputy assistant secretary for person-
pel in the State Department's Bureau of
Personnel, yesterday encouraged
minority students at the University to
consider the opportunities open to them
in a career as a diplomat.
"We're looking for diplomats,"
Palmer said to about 25 students
gathered in the Union's Pendleton
Room. "I'm just hoping that I can in-
fluence just one person who, 25 years
from now, will make a difference."
ALTHOUGH diplomats are
traditionally chosen from Ivy League
schools, Palmer said he has started
touring top colleges in the Midwest and
California. He said it's important for
students to meet someone in the field as
just "an ordinary person" so the idea of
a diplomatic career is not
unimaginable to them.
An affirmative action program in-
stituted by the Johnson administration
in 1967 has increased the number of
minorities in the diplomatic corps,
Palmer said. But he added that
although there has been progress, "it
clearly has not all been done." -
In 1955, Palmer was only the third
black to complete the program. Today
blacks make up roughly four per cent of
the corps' total, he said.
PALMER, WHO has worked in
American Embassies in Indonesia,
Malaysia, and Denmark, said that
people considering diplomacy as a
career should be able to cope in even
the most difficult conditions. "We are
looking for people who like challenges
and those who can grasp other peoples'
feelings and aspirations."
Along with possessing these intrinsic
qualities, a prospective diplomat must
successfully complete an intense
testing program. A written test
separates the top 25 per cent from the
rest of the applicants, and these people
are given an oral test. Under the affir-
mative action program, a student can
waive the written test.
The oral test assesses the person's
ability to talk to and get along with
other people, Palmer said. A
background investigation of the ap-
plicant is then made for security
reasons and a physical examination is
THE STATE Department tries to
coordinate the person's interests with
available positions, although Palmer
said a diplomat must be available
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After meeting the written and oral
requirements, the diplomat undergoes
counselor training and is sent to an
American embassy in another country.
Here, it is his or her duty to serve the
American people in that country in
every way possible.
"There is also a junior rotating
program," Palmer said, "where the
diplomat rotates through the depar-
tments of the embassy." In this
program, a person can work as a repor-
ter, negotiator or representative of the
embassy in one of four areas: politics,
economics, administration, and coun-
THE CURRENT situation in Iran has
had little effect on the program as a
whole, Palmer explained. "It makes us
think that this could happen to anyone,"
but after the capturing of the embassy
in November, there was still a great
deal of applicants for the test, given
every December, he said.
There are "two serious reasons" why
Palmer became interested in the
diplomacy field. He was interested in
the work of political scientist Ralph
Bunche, the first black awarded a
Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in
seeking peace in the Middle East in
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