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First time post here Job Advice/Information

NSDFRandNSDFRand FloridaRegistered User regular
edited January 2015 in Help / Advice Forum
Quick BG Info: I was an All Source Analyst in the Army. I got out, got an offer to go to Afghanistan as a private contractor before my enlistment contract was up, but I didn't have enough college for them to hire me (Associates or 60 credit hours). I decided to attend college with the Post 9/11.

I just finished my Associates this past Fall semester, and I have an entire semester gap before I go on to a four year program in the Summer. I've been looking at positions on places like Clearance Jobs, but I'm unsure of what exactly will put me a step ahead of others applying for these positions or what I can be doing now to make me a better candidate for hire. For instance, many openings state that a requirement is a current TS/SCI (which as I understand is "gone" when you leave a position that requires the clearance), but I haven't "held" a TS/SCI since I got out of the Army.

BLUF: I'm looking for info on intelligence contracting from anyone that has done so, or any other contracting for that matter or anyone with knowledge that I may not have.

Thanks in advance for any replies I get.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    First put clearable on your resume. Activating a lapsed clearance is a million times cheaper than getting a new one, unless you lost it for some other reason.

    Check cleared connections. I know a few people who have used that for work.

    http://www.clearedconnections.com/Default.htm

  • 3lwap03lwap0 Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    NSDFRand wrote: »
    Quick BG Info: I was an All Source Analyst in the Army. I got out, got an offer to go to Afghanistan as a private contractor before my enlistment contract was up, but I didn't have enough college for them to hire me (Associates or 60 credit hours). I decided to attend college with the Post 9/11.

    I just finished my Associates this past Fall semester, and I have an entire semester gap before I go on to a four year program in the Summer. I've been looking at positions on places like Clearance Jobs, but I'm unsure of what exactly will put me a step ahead of others applying for these positions or what I can be doing now to make me a better candidate for hire. For instance, many openings state that a requirement is a current TS/SCI (which as I understand is "gone" when you leave a position that requires the clearance), but I haven't "held" a TS/SCI since I got out of the Army.

    BLUF: I'm looking for info on intelligence contracting from anyone that has done so, or any other contracting for that matter or anyone with knowledge that I may not have.

    Thanks in advance for any replies I get.

    Your clearance is active for 2 years after you separate from the service, or if you come up for a PR while not using the clearance (they'll kill it if you don't need it). If you had an SCI, odds are you've been 'read off', for SCI access, but your TS would still be good to go. Worst case scenario, you re-fill out your SF-86 and get re-investigated. Rumor is that if you held a clearance very recently, the re-investigations go a lot smoother once you're back in the system, but that's anecdotal.

    The easiest way to tell is, once an offer letter is tended to you, or during the hiring process, provide the HR person your SSN. They can look you up in JPAS and tell you your current cleared status.

    3lwap0 on
    I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls... but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid-back company, so they just said, "Fuck it, cut em up!".
  • NSDFRandNSDFRand FloridaRegistered User regular
    Thanks for the replies. I only "lost" the clearance due to finishing my enlistment, so there should be no problem with getting it back. The two year time limit, does it start from separation from active duty or from the end of IRR time? I just finished my IRR time I had left last August (I had a 6 year contract and extended to deploy so I only had a little over a year and a half of IRR left).

    The 2nd Amendment is unarguably one of the most liberal, liberating and radical statements ever made in human history.
  • 3lwap03lwap0 Registered User regular
    I believe it's when you separate from service - IRR doesn't count - but I can't say that for sure. The service you separated from owns the clearance. When you start working back in the defense sector, assuming it's still active, you'll have to transfer that clearance to the contract. A DD-254 is required to hold a clearance, and if it only calls for a secret, and you have a TS, you get downgraded to a secret. Again, until someone runs your SSN through JPAS, there's honestly no telling what status your clearance is in. I've heard of guys who separated from service, and someone forgot to turn their clearances off. They had them until a PR happened, and then they were submitted for dismissal. But that could be yeeaaaars. Either way, only one way to find out.

    I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls... but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid-back company, so they just said, "Fuck it, cut em up!".
    Geth
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