I have a young pilot with an AOA badge that made a invert mistake escorting non badged balloon guys at the local airport. He received a chewing out and a letter of violation of TRS section 1542.203 code and a $100 fine. He is now studying to be an aeronautical engineer and is freaked out that it will all be for not if this mistake blocks him getting a security clearance.
Is this an issue?
What can he do to mitigate the impact?