A competent and relatively independent civil service will be critical to the survival any new society in outer space. Therefore we propose a three-stage selection process to fill position within the civil service:
- First applicants will need to pass the Civil Service Admission Test or CSAT;
- Followed by a two-to-three internship
- Random selection from the pool those who have passed the CSAT and have successfully completed their internship
Those who want to sit for the CSAT will need to meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen*
- between the age of 17 and 60
- not being disqualified from holding public office**
Note that previous education is not a formal requirement to be allowed to take the CSAT. Though it is unlikely that someone without any previous education will actually be able to pass this test.
The Civil Service Admission Test will consist of the following sections:
- Logical reasoning
- Reading comprehension
- Analytical reasoning
- Numerical reasoning
The Civil Service Examination Committee will be responsible for supervising and organizing the CSAT. Specific branches (such as the diplomatic service) might have additional requirements to CSAT.
We propose that there will be three or four moments a year when people can take the CSAT. However, candidates may only do the test twice a year and there might be a limit to the number of attempts one may have over a five year period.
Candidates who have passed the CSAT will follow a two-to-three year (paid) internship within the civil service. Ideally aspirant civil servants will serve in different parts of the civil service during their internship. The purpose here is that these interns will become all round civil servants. During this internship the civil servants in training will not only get practical experience but also follow courses on relevant subjects such administrative law.
Once aspiring civil servants have completed their internship, they will be added to the pool of qualified civil servants. Once their is a vacancy, prospects will be selected randomly from this pool. When necessary the “pool” might be restricted to more experienced civil servants.
*Foreign nationals will need to become naturalized before they can sit for the CSAT.
**Disqualification to hold public office will be secondary penalty for certain crimes, such as corruption.