~35k in Debt; Going for TS

I stepped out of the workforce for a couple of years and have some debt coming back in, around 35k. When I was in the workforce I made well into 6 figures and knew that when I did return I would have a route back to that income level and be able to extinguish the debt quickly. I decided that I wanted to try public service rather than return to the private sector and secured an offer for a job requiring TS. The pay is still 6 figures but about a third of what I could make in the private sector. None of the debt is delinquent or late and I make all payments on time. I have never had any financial delinquencies, have never committed or been charged with a crime, have no continuing foreign contacts, no disciplinary actions or any other issues.

Should I be concerned?

While not an expert in this topic, I wouldn’t be too worried about it. I had roughly this much debt in student loans when I got my Secret clearance for my previous job.

As long as you are making your payments on time, you should be fine.

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