I’m turning 18 years old, I require a Top Secret clearance for military work. My social life has been a little out of the ordinary. I’ve never been “close” with anyone, a lone wolf type of guy I suppose. I have no clue where to start with references, as nobody really knows me that well. I’ve never had deep conversations with anyone other than random people I’ve anonymously stumbled across on the internet, and I don’t feel comfortable putting some casual high school friends down on a life-changing form. I’ve never worked a job, the only plausible people I could foresee putting down at this time would be my parents… except we’ve never had an ideal relationship. Quite the opposite to be honest, there’s no world where I’m putting them down to vouch for my character. I figured I’d get close with people in the military and list them as references, but I’d need to submit my SF86 prior to specific career training (it’d be a waste of time if I start training and can’t get approved for the line of work, hence why it’s a prerequisite), and I wouldn’t be able to make solid friends during the hectic phase of Basic Training (2 months + of general military training everyone goes through to set you up for actual service). Plus it’s probably ideal to list at least one reference who’s known you in your earlier years, not random people you’ve just met last month… what should I do? Should my atheist self go commit to a church for a couple months and force myself to make friends, solely with the intentions of using them to vouch for my probably misleading/altered personality? This won’t be an issue if I have to annually resubmit an SF86/renew my clearance, as I’d have made friends in the field who could vouch for me at that point.
Any advice for me? What would you do in my situation? No family, no close friends, pretty much ground zero. Need references ASAP. I doubt there could be an exception to this rule. Will keep an eye on this thread and respond to all. Ask any questions need be. Thank you all in advance.