Are standards for granting a clearance lowered in times of war or great need?


#1

I had a friend of mine in the military who had been fired from every job he held, has a small criminal record, had a DUI while his Secret investigation was underway (clearance was granted), and he currently has a TS/SCI. (However, he was completely honest during his investigations) All of this happened in the past few years when there was a troop surge in Afghanistan a few years back, with the TS/SCI being granted about a year ago.

Do they lower or relax standards for being granted a clearance during times of a troop surge during war or time of great need? Or are the standards the same no matter what the climate is?


#2

The book answer is no, regardless of wartime or not standards are not lowered. In rare cases where someone has expertise in a certain field if significant issues are present a clearance might be granted with conditions attached. For those on active duty military service, the fact that warfighters are needed in certain locales may also play a part in it. Without knowing the full details and any mitigating factors it is impossible to play armchair quarterback.