I have a question about my chances of obtaining a Security Clearance (top secret or higher). I work with technology… I’m great at what I do (specialized skill set). I’m not an angel and I have made some stupid choices in my youth. Around age eighteen I got in trouble for drinking and driving. No injuries or accidents. That is my only conviction. This was around six years ago. I’ve also done marijuana a couple of times over the years but haven’t it over 2+ years. I’ve outgrown it, found it to make me nervous more than anything. I have been making quantum leaps in my career in terms of pay and scope of work. I have an undying passion to work for the government. I have done some gov contract work in the past, but nothing on the other side of the fence, if you will.
Besides that one conviction, the other thing I have they may be looked at negatively is I have 1 foreign contact… she’s been a long distance girlfriend. Christian, She lives in Georgia (the country). Neither her or her parents work for their respective governments. We met up in Spain for a week, about a year and 3 months ago. We’ve been talking daily for a couple of years. However… things seem to be coming to a standstill, and have been for a while - in that I don’t really see myself marrying her, and that is clearly what she is hoping for. I’m too busy with work and study and not anywhere near ready to settle down. I looked on the forms and it asks if I have any obligations of affection to a foreign contact, obviously i would mention the girl as there were obvious relations… but in no means do I feel obligated to her now or have I ever. Based on these facts… what do my chances seem like?
I’m not currently under investigation, and to be honest, I haven’t even applied to work at any agencies that I feel like I’m more than qualified, technically, to work for. I’m at the point now that I would like some honest feedback, to see if thinking about a career in the IC is feasible now or in the future… and if its not then I need to put these thoughts to bed and move on with my life. I know where my loyalty is, and what I’m capable of and who I am… (I am who I am as they say) but my past is my past and I’m honestly not sure how all of this will affect me.
Any insight is greatly appreciated…