Security Clearance Valid after discharge?


#1

I understand that a confidential security clearance needs renewed every 15 years, but what about if you are discharged from the military? I'm interested in a government contractor job that requires a security clearance. If I just recently got discharged, would I have to go through another security clearance process? I understand that it is invalid once you stop using it, but can be reinstated if it is used again within 2 years. Does it matter if the discharge is OTH? My original clearance was done in 2009, so the 15 year mark would be 2024. Is this correct?


#2

Very few positions are designated as needed a security clearance at the confidential level. The majority are cleared at the Secret level and even fewer at Top Secret. The clearance is based on an in-scope investigation at the required level e.g., Secret requires an ANACI, NACLC, or MBI depending on the position.

The OTH discharge may affect being eligible for a clearance depending on what the reasons for the discharge were. Employment misconduct or other issues may be disqualifying.