I am 20 and currently in ROTC, and I plan on contracting soon. I need to fill out a secret security clearance form, and my concern is about prior convictions. I have a sealed juvenile record from when I was 16 for doing something really stupid. I was being charged with a misdemeanor for indecent exposure. I never was arrested or anything, and my court appearance was brief. Since this was the first time I had ever gotten into serious trouble, the prosecutor and the referee (I didn’t appear before a judge) decided that I was to be put on probation for 3 months, and after my record would be sealed and at 18 it would be destroyed. I have never gotten into any trouble with the law again, and I do intend on disclosing this information on my security clearance forms. My major concern is the likelihood of me getting a secret security clearance. Is it likely that I would get one? I know that it was only a misdemeanor, but the charge of ‘indecent exposure’ sounds very serious, at least to me. Thank you
Well, for one thing, youth is on your side Be sure to disclose everything, even if it is sealed, because federal investigators can usually get into ANYTHING.
I don’t think it will be a problem, but then they don’t ask my opinion about such things.
I think you will be OK.
I agree with Ssubsquirrel. I had two misdemeanors that were a little more serious than yours and I got my clearance. Just disclose all information and you will be fine. It would be more serious if there was a pattern of this behavior. If it was a one time thing, you can mitigate that. Don’t worry, and be honest.