I began working for a contractor in january and was eventually asked to submit for a position of public trust in april, for GSA. I decided the best thing to do was be honest, and I admitted to using marijuana on 2 occasions, about 7 months prior. Before that, the only time I’ve used was during a period of time about 5 years ago, so that wasn’t disclosed. 5 days after submitting, I received an email saying I was determined to be unsuitable, and received an official letter in the mail a few days after thag. My company was nice enough to put me on a project that didn’t require a clearance, but obviously eventually I would like to be able to get a public trust or clearance for career purposes.
The official probation period before I can reapply for a GSA public trust is 1 year I believe, but for public trusts and higher clearances in general, what’s a safe time to wait before I attempt to reapply? Obviously I’d have to admit that I was denied and I’d have to explain why on the e-qip. How do investigators view previous denials?