This week, the Director General of the Foreign Service sent out a cable making a few more training opportunities available to Members of Household.
Now Members of Household, including same-sex partners of Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, are allowed to take Distance Learning and FAST language course at the Foreign Service Institute on a space-available basis. Included in this will be access to the pre-deployment course for the spouses of those going to Iraq.
They are small victories, to be sure, but still significant. I think the general 10-week FAST courses are particularly important, in that they give the MOH the ability to function a little better in country. Not a full language course like spouses can get, but certainly a start.
One step at a time.