I have submitted three SF-86s for various jobs. On the first two SF-86s (August and October 2017) I minimized past drug use (I omitted 6 times of using marijuana/hashish and misuse of Ambien). On the third one (November 2017) I admitted all of my drug use. In addition, I listed being let go for a temp job in 2008 because I asked two days off of work, which I honestly forgot about. For the third SF-86, I knew that I would have to take a polygraph which prompted me to be completely honest about my past drug use. I intend to be completely honest about my falsifications on my past SF-86s in my Personnel Subject Interview, though I am really scared about it.
My question is this this: Do I have a chance of being approved? I have read that sometimes falsification can be mitigated if a good-faith, prompt effort is made to correct past falsifications. Would this apply though since I only made the corrections after the prospect of facing a polygraph? I’m so ashamed of my falsifications that it is honestly causing me to lose a lot of sleep. I am thinking now that I need to seriously start looking for other career options (my particular skill set doesn’t have a lot of other career prospects outside of government jobs that require security clearances). I have also considered asking the contractor/agency sponsoring my security clearance application to discontinue my application/investigation since I may have no chance of being approved. I don’t want to waste everyone’s time/money if have no chance of being approved.
I greatly appreciate any advice.