Obtaining a security clearance can be extremely important for those in the military. But doing so and maintaining it can prove extremely challenging. Here are 5 common mistakes to avoid when trying to obtain a security clearance.
1. Not including required information
Failure to disclose required information is one of the most common mistakes that people make when trying to obtain a security clearance. Whether this information is accidentally left off or intentionally not included, you may be denied clearance for omitting information such as your financial issues, criminal convictions, or foreign contacts. When trying to obtain a security clearance your honesty is critically observed so answering all questions accurately is imperative.
2. Not proactively addressing potential issues of concern
Not only is it important to answer all questions, but it’s also important to address potential issues in your past that could impact your security clearance. Those who fail to do so decrease their chances of obtaining a security clearance. Do not wait for these issues to be addressed, but rather do so proactively. This may include things such as seeking mental health counseling, ceasing contact with foreign individuals who could be problematic, or resolving financial issues. Your chances of receiving a security clearance will improve if you address potential issues.
3. Not maintaining important documents
As with most things, maintaining documentation is very important. Many people fail to keep important documents. During the process of trying to obtain a security clearance, you may be asked to provide documentation that addresses potential issues or that which supports you. Be sure to keep copies of all of your related documents, including your SF-86 Form, supporting documents, and correspondence with investigators. This will allow you to respond to requests as soon as possible with the utmost accuracy.
4. Not maintaining open communication with investigators
Another thing to avoid is not maintaining open communication with investigators during the security clearance process. It’s important that you defer to your assigned investigator whenever you have a question about the application, such as which information to provide. Maintaining open communication and demonstrating your desire and ability to follow instructions and cooperate during the investigation process will improve your chances of obtaining a security clearance.
Not speaking with an experienced attorney
Finally, a big mistake that people make during their security clearance investigation is failing to seek legal advice from a knowledgeable and experienced military attorney. Such an attorney can provide you with thorough guidance, which can improve your chances of obtaining a security clearance.
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If you are a service member who is trying to obtain a security clearance, an attorney can help assist you with the process, ensuring that you have all of the necessary paperwork and identifying any issues that may impact your chances. An attorney can also help you to determine what steps to take next.
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