I accepted a job in April this year that required a Q-level clearance from DOE and upon accepting the job, I signed a form saying I hadn’t used any illegal drugs in over 12 months. I believed this to be true at the time. I started the job in June, and began my clearance application in July. While filling out the SF86 eQIP form, I decided I should be 100% certain about my dates of use so I checked with friends, and it turns out that I smoked weed last summer in August 2017. I decided to tell the truth on the SF86, even though it contradicted my previous form. I’d read the advice several times that honesty is more important than perfection, so that’s what I did.
Fast forward to August 2018, I got a letter from the DOE saying my clearance application was “discontinued” but not denied, and that further applications wouldn’t be accepted until September 2018. Then, a week later, I was terminated in a meeting by my manager. This was very unexpected to me, I thought I would just have to re-apply this month. But it turns out, my employer has a corporate policy, separate from the DOE, that says if a new employee’s initial clearance application is postponed in any way, there is no choice but to terminate, with no appeal rights.
So, now I’m stuck without a job, even though I’m still eligible for a clearance. I have a lot of questions about what’s next:
-What’s the official status of my application? Terminated, suspended, postponed, etc
-Will this affect future clearance applications? How so?
-Will future employers know the reason for my termination? -What should I put on job applications as to my reason for leaving?
Thanks for any advice / help.