I had TS/SCI CI Poly and in early 2017 I was in a party and someone lit up a marijuana joint and passed it around. Not thinking at the moment I took few drags and passed on. I was drunk and had forgotten all about it.
Few months later my circumstances changed and I started looking for jobs outside. During one of the job screening interview, the FSO asked me bunch of questions, among them was about drugs. At that moment I suddenly remembered the party and told the FSO about it. The FSO basically ended the interview and said that it is something I should have reported since I already have clearance. I went ahead and reported the incident to my company’s FSO.
For few months I had red flag in JPAS and recently it was moved to “Loss of Jurisdiction”. I thought it was better than having red flag since I had read some stories about red flags dragging on for some people.
Since then I have applied to few positions where companies require clearance or are willing to apply for the candidate. However nothing has been working out. Couple of companies took my SS and looked up in JPAS and saw the Loss of Jurisdiction (I had told them the whole story to begin with) and then came back with not willing to move forward.
My question is, is Loss of Jurisdiction that bad? My understanding was that I am eligible to be applied again. It is going to be almost one year since the incident happened, and I self-reported myself when I realized it. Is there something I’m missing? Is it really that difficult to get clearance again given these circumstances? Any advice or feedback will be much appreciated. Thank you!