Should I get SSBI after already receiving Secret clearence


For context: I just received a secret clearance and started work as a DOD employee. In the future I would like to become a contractor and rake in the big bucks.

While I was waiting for my secret to go through, I was applying for and accepting internships. The latest internship I accepted required TS and I began my Single Scope back in April. This is an 8 week internship, so there is no way I would leave my current position for it. I am just curious if having an SSBI done would give me a leg up in my career over just having the secret? Or can I have a lucrative career with just the secret. I certainly don’t want to subject myself and others to the process unless it nets real value.

It’s also possible that I might not even pass an SSBI as I lived in China long term and currently have a Chinese girlfriend that I met while living there. I also broke a lot of Chinese laws while living in China. Other than that my history is immaculate (no drugs, good credit, always followed American law, etc.) but I imagine the foreign component might make this path not worth it.


Don’t look at a security clearance as a means to end. You can have a lucrative career without a clearance whatsoever. Nice to have depending on your career path, but by no means do you need one to have a lucrative path.

In terms of job prospects, a TS will give you a leg up over a Secret, yes.