The life of a new Foreign Service Office doesn’t sound easy – a FIVE YEAR probation period and:
As part of this process, you will perform two to three years on average of consular work, and may expect an assignment to at least one hardship post.
You should be aware that an increasing number of posts are considered “hardship,” that is, in isolated, unhealthful and perhaps dangerous environments. Some posts will not allow accompanying family members.
Part of my research for my Writer’s Guide to Government Information.