How often does it happen that an exception is made to those who’ve not registered at SSS.gov to get a clearance? Does it happen at all?
I’m in my 40s now and worked in the private sector my whole life. In the last three months I was hired as a contractor at a DOE facility. Dream job, love it, good money. Last week they said they wanted to sponsor me for Q clearance. Good news . . . I thought.
I get to the SS part on the app and knew I was screwed. I’d gone to a small, private high school and did not know about this until long after I was 26. No one ever pushed it on me. I even saw an Air Force recruiter right after graduation and don’t remember him mentioning it (I never joined). I did not intentionally dodge this, I simply missed the whole boat.
Everything else about my rather boring life is squeaky clean - no drugs, no arrests, no financial problems, no contact with foreign nationals / terrorists, no travel to sensitive countries, no restraining orders, married to one great woman.
Is there even a small chance an exception can be made? (Do I have any hope at all?)