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Security clearance, background checks and periodic investigations

Since Virginia is one of the hubs for military activity, there are many people who live in the state or are relocating for a potential job and are concerned about security clearance issues. Security clearance is needed for a significant portion of these jobs whether it is a person who is taking a government job, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or a contractor. Understanding key points about the security clearance include being prepared for the background investigation, knowing when an interim security clearance can be given, and when periodic re-investigations will take place.

Common military security clearance issues

Military members applying for security clearance can help expedite the matter by consulting with an experienced who can make sure an application package is complete and accurate prior to submission. Doing so can help avoid application rejection and unnecessary delays in processing.

Alcoholism among military members can affect security clearance

Heavy alcohol use has been cited as a prevalent issue among U.S. military members for a number of years, during both active duty deployment and post combat periods. Much of the problem is attributed to psychological components of deployment and combat experiences, as well as post-traumatic stress upon return to home base. Members who are having difficulty coping may turn to alcohol as a form of self-medication.

The importance of a security clearance

The ability of a service member to earn a living may depend on their ability to obtain a security clearance which is why understand the security clearance process is so important. Additionally, independent contractors and some civil employees may also rely on a security clearance to obtain and maintain their employment which is why it is beneficial to be familiar with the ins and outs of the security clearance process.

The basics of how the security clearance process works

Because a job may depend on a security clearance, it is important to understand the security clearance process and the guidelines for obtaining a security clearance. Familiarity with he process and guidelines can help those seeking a security clearance better troubleshoot challenges that may arise.

Protecting a security clearance is important

This blog recently discussed some common questions that might come up surrounding security clearances. Security clearances are important for many individuals working for the government, including some military personnel which makes understanding them, and the resources available to help with them, important.

Common questions about security clearances

Security clearances may be an important part of your job so it is helpful to understand them and have any questions you might have about them answered. A security clearance may be required in many government jobs, including military service and in others.

Options for security clearance issues and denials

For individuals seeking a security clearance, there are resources available to help them with clearance issues they may be experiencing. When the government has denied a security clearance, it will provide a statement of reasons which will list specific concerns and provide the party seeking the security clearance the opportunity to respond in writing.

Understanding security clearance travel reporting requirements

It is important for those who have a security clearance to keep in mind the self-reporting requirements associated with their security clearance. One category of self-reporting that those holding a security clearance are expected to report on is any and all foreign travel.

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