Good Evening Everyone,
I just accepted a new job that requires for current Secret Clearance to be upgraded to a TS/SCI. I was excited to get the offer but then the panic started to creep in when I thought about the questions I would be asked.
I first received my Secret clearance from the military in 2014. I was honorable medically discharged in 2016 but when I got out I had a terrible time steadying myself. I fell into a deep financial issue with credit accounts going to collections because I did not have expendable cash to pay them off while I was waiting for the school semester to start and get my GI bill payments. During that time I was struggling mentally to find hope because of the 4 - 5 different places I had to stay to live and also sleeping in my car some. I had employment but it was not enough to cover rent, not only that but there was no way that I could be approved to rent anything on my own.
Along with the anxiety and depression that came with that I resorted to smoking weed that I had bought from an old friend. I maybe smoked 3 - 4 times total over the course of a month. Then I told myself that this isn’t right or very adult of me so I quit. What I’m worried about on the SF-86 is the question about using illegal drugs in the possession of a clearance. Was I technically in possession of a clearance if I was already discharged and my clearance was inactive?
All of this was over 3 years ago but even today I’m still struggling financially to obtain an emergency fund and pay off all my collections accounts. I mean ■■■■ I just now finally have all my credit card balances to 0 from that time and have let my taxes be garnished for money I owed on a collection account.
I want to be upfront when I inevitably face my investigator about these problems but I’m worried that it’s just too much of a scar on my history to recover. Plus I’ll lose the ability to obtain a clearance job for a while and in the town I currently live, finding a non-clearanced software dev job is next to impossible.
Any advice would be appreciated.