Originally Answered: Stressing out about TS clearance, AF. Help:(?
It is natural to feel nervous but let set you at ease. The bulk of the people who get turned down for a TS clearance is due to the fact they were hiding or lying about something and didn't come clean about it. If you're upfront and honest right off the bat with your investigators (drug or alcohol use, run ins with the law, school problems, criminal acquaintances, etc...), then you have nothing to worry about. It's when they find out you lied or neglected to tell them about something MAJOR that you should have disclosed. Then, you will be in a world of hurt because if they can't trust you to tell them the truth, how are they going to trust to keep national secrets?
As for other people who get turned down, well, there's different reasons but mostly due to finances (irresponsible and heavily indebted).
By the way, I got a TS clearance and I came from L.A. with a typical background of a kid living in the streets of South Central. And when I started disclosing my [email protected]
#$ about gangs, guns, drugs, run ins with the law and the fact that I was a suspect in a case or two, not to mention the fact that I associated with a "supplier" of the L.A, Saint Berdoo, and Riverside counties...well, needless to say, I was asked for more details and specifics. 6 months after joining, I had my TS clearance.
Hmmm...if you really want to be nervous, then worry about the polygraph that you will eventually have to go through. hehe - so much for putting you at ease.