Many soldiers have security clearances based on MOS or job performance requirements. The security clearance is granted only after a lengthy background investigation is performed by qualified persons. Your security clearance investigation may have been initiated before you even entered active duty.
Depending on the duration of the investigation, it may have even been resolved while you were in the delayed entry program. You might be thinking you dodged a bullet after having your clearance granted. You may have had several issues in your past that had to be addressed prior to the clearance granted.
Investigators report the results of their investigations and the government determines suitability. The results of the investigation are used to determine whether or not the subject is stable, trustworthy, reliable, of excellent character, judgment, and discretion; and of unquestioned loyalty to the United States. The determination is based on 13 investigation criteria:
- Use of information technology systems
- Outside activities
- Handling protected information
- Criminal conduct
- Psychological conditions
- Drug involvement
- Alcohol consumption
- Financial considerations
- Personal conduct
- Sexual behavior
- Foreign preference
- Foreign influence
- Allegiance to the United States