I’m wondering about the chances of me getting a clearance.
I’m currently a graduate student, looking at jobs with contractors in the coming months. I have lots of student loan debt (100k+), but being that I’m single with no dependents, I can cover this with my expected salary.
I have a history of heavy alcohol use. Pretty well drunk most nights of the week, for a few years. Never once a legal issue, no DWI, DUI, or other encounter. It’s been something I do at home to pass time, never when I have something important coming up. I have no problem abstaining when needed. I’ve recently (last several weeks) stopped drinking. I don’t intend to touch alcohol again for a long time.
I have no criminal background, no drug use, no other questionable personal issues.
Can anyone give me an idea of how much this is going to impact my chances of getting either a Secret or Top Secret clearance? If I need a clearance (which is quite likely), I’m expecting to start the process in a few months. Would I be better off delaying a while, to build a history of abstinence? Or am I better off looking for jobs that don’t require clearance at all?