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How to get a clearance


Tonnett Davis Meridianville, AL

Not having a clearance is holding me back. Anyone know how to get one on your own?

14 May 2022 3 replies Career Advancement



Tonnett Davis Meridianville, AL

I got a job now that is getting my clearance done. Thanks everyone.


Timothy Bowman Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Sergeant Davis,
You cannot get a security clearance without a need for one based on employment and need therefore. If you are applying for positions that state must possess a security clearance, you only need to be eligible and not have the clearance at the time. Security clearances are only given when a person is employed in a position that requires a clearance, and military, federal civilian, and contractor positions will initiate the clearance upon entry to the position. For SECRET level positions, they can often obtain an interim clearance based on a favorable national agency check while they wait for your final clearance. Once granted, it is only active for the duration of access and need to know, and terminates when you leave the employment, albeit your eligibility therefore remains.
The information from James Watters here is very thorough, so I won't repeat it. Beyond that, I wish you well and keep trying, especially for federal positions, as there are many opportunities that don't require a clearance. If you want to know more, please contact me.


James Watters Norman, OK

Sergeant Davis -

Check out the website, The following is their message to attract applicants. Exercise caution in any job search.

“Obtaining a security clearance, no matter the level, is the ultimate sign of trust from the government. Federal employees, military members and government contractors are often required to obtain and hold a security clearance in order to maintain their sensitive position with the government or a secured contractor. In the last decade, the federal government has greatly increased the number and type of positions that require security clearances, making it difficult for many to be employed or stay employed in their federal positions.

Top Secret
Security Clearance Denials
Denial, Revocation, or Suspension of Security Clearance

The application process as well as the clearance renewal process includes an extensive and thorough background investigation into your personal life and financial history. Anything from traffic offenses to credit card debt can be called into question. Further, just because you have been granted a clearance does not guarantee you’ll have it for the remainder of your career. A security clearance can be taken away at anytime due to numerous factors that call into question your ability to work in a sensitive position. Examples include defaulting on your mortgage payments, accruing debt beyond your means or providing a false answer on your SF-86.

Applying for a security clearance should be taken seriously and conducted with care and strategy. Honesty throughout the application and renewal process is key. Oftentimes, failing to maintain a security clearance will lead to loss of employment.”

Good luck Army.

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