I’ve been working for the Department of the Army for 9 years (started working right after graduating college). I’m finding it very difficult to apply for positions with the State Department. 80% of the positions are for current employees. Although my current position somewhat aligns with the mission of the State Dept., I never get past the application process. As a GS13, it’s especially hard to make a move…I think it would have been easier for me if I was a 11 or 12.