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Target Audience

This learning guide is designed for SCO personnel stationed in United States embassies overseas who during the performance of their duties require the routine or occasional interaction with foreign and U.S. dignitaries.


This learning guide presents a general overview of the origins, history, and special terminology related to diplomatic protocol. Includes an understanding of the ranks and titles encountered in diplomatic settings and how this affects precedence, privileges, and communications as well as basic customs and courtesies associated with different types of social events and situations. This course is broken down into the following modules:
  1. Basics
    Explores the history of protocol, introduces rank, titles and precedence for the Chief of Mission (COM), how to address titles, making introductions, special ranks and titles to include U.S. Embassies and Consulates and the concept of precedence.
  2. Meeting and Greeting
    Introduces requires prior to arriving at a diplomatic post, activities after arriving at a diplomatic post and formatting of business cards.
  3. Dining
    The dining module explores how to respond to invitations, wearing of appropriate attire, proper place settings and seating arrangements.
  4. Entertaining
    Module introduces the student to appropriate activities associated with receptions and parties and receiving lines.
  5. Special Topics
    Explores flag protocol, appropriate toasting procedures and addresses gift exchanges.
This learning guide is for reference or professional development only. No certificate is awarded for completion.


This learning guide takes approximately one hour to complete.

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