I served in the US Navy from 1999-2005 I was discharged RE-4 discharge code for drug use. I was an information systems technician.
I was stationed in my hometown and made some very poor choices.
Since then I worked in the private sector with no clearance for about 9 years, and for the last 4 years I have worked for a civilian contractor with an SF-85 public trust.
I have graduated college, own a home, have good credit. I am married, and have really changed my life around. I do not use drugs and haven’t for a long time.
Would I ever be able to hold a security clearance higher than a public trust? Secret or TS ever again? I have never applied for a job that would require one out of fear that I screwed my life up back in my early 20’s.
Are there steps I would need to take? Any advice would be very welcome.