Originally Answered: Top Secret Secuity Clearance chances ANG?
I want to make sure I understand - you are looking to go air guard in 2016 - 3 years from now?
I don't think traffic infractions will be a concern. How long do they stay on your driving record in your state? I want to say 3 years is the average, it may be 5. If it is 3 - and you have no others - your driving record will be clean. But your TS investigation goes back TEN years (or until your 16th birthday, whichever is soonest) and there is a section where you list civil actions on your record that involve fines over a certain amount. $250 I think (I haven't had to fill one out for a while). If you are asked to list ALL civil litigation and the result. You list them. If they ask for civil matters resulting in a fine of over a certain amount, then you list the ones over the amount. Pretty straight forward.
Credit sounds good. They are only concerned with delinquent debt and what you are doing about it. As long as it is listed and you are making an honest effort to pay it (if you have it), fine.
If a butterfly knife is illegal in your state (and last I knew, a Butterfly knife is only legal in 5 states: Nevada, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Nebraska), this could be an issue depending on the other conditions surrounding the charges and the adjudication. Forget the expunged part - makes no difference, especially for a TS. It WILL be seen as well as all the details. Don’t even attempt to hide it.
Shoplifting? The general rule is if it is not on paper or there is no paper trail, it didn't happen. I think this could be a problem. Not for getting in the guard, but for getting the clearance. Not convicted or arrested? Sounds like there is something missing from this. I don't think Kohl's could say, "Tell you what. You give us $200 and we forget the whole thing, or we call the cops". That's called extortion. My sister-in-law works for Kohl’s (in management) and she said company policy is to call the police for all shoplifters, and they DO prosecute. So there is LIKELY a paper trail on this one - just be honest about what happened and what there result was. I will take you at your word you were not arrested or charged, but I would find that hard to believe.
Marijuana - you are aware it is against federal law - right? Question: were you ever CHARGED with marijuana possession, use, transport, etc? If there is a paper trail - forget the air guard, stay where you are and pray the army guard does not kick you out or deny re-enlistment. If there is no paper trail – it didn’t happen.
Student loans and other debt? As long as they are well managed, being paid upon, not in default. No worries.
Social life: You can be a loner. But when it comes to a TS clearance, you never really know WHO they are going to talk to or interview. For my last one, they actually came by to talk to my wife (but she was not home), so they knocked on the doors of the neighbors and asked them about me. They talked to my former supervisor, to people I worked with (past and present) even though these people were not listed on my application for the clearance.
on your SF 86, they will ask for your work history for the last 10 years, to include any period of unemployment, your supervisor, phone numbers, and anyone that can verify you worked there (non family - but if that is all you have...be advised, that WILL delay your investigation). They will ask where you have lived for the last ten years to include any temporary locations exceeding 30 days (and references to verify). They will ask for the names and contact information for your IMMEDIATE family (and they WILL contact them), spouse (or anyone you have a ‘spouse like’ relationship with, so if you are LIVING with your GF – you’d list her, if you are just dating – no). They will ask for personal references from 3 people (non family) that know you WELL to cover that ten year period. The longer – the better. these are questions OUTSIDE of criminal activity and other civil issues. Will they talk to a former best friend that wanted to lay the pipe to your GF? If you don’t list him, probably not.
All together, will you get the clearance? You never know and I would be guessing. You DO have some red flags. The shoplifting will not help, the ‘knife’, and the marijuana use will KILL you if there were charges or a paper trail on it. I think these are your BIGGEST ‘hurdles’ if everything you have given is as is stated. I have concerns about your driving history, but that alone won’t be enough to deny a clearance. You’ll really have to take all this to a recruiter for their ‘gut’ feeling. If there is no paper trail on the shoplifting or weed, I think your chance of getting the clearance is pretty good. if there IS a paper trail - might be tough. But it’s not my call.