I am applying for several jobs right now which will require me to obtain a security clearance when I am hired. I have no unpaid debts, no outstanding delinquent accounts, no foreign travel or foreign contacts and no criminal record (save for a couple of speeding tickets). But in the past 5 years I have been fired twice, both times for conflicts with co-workers which led to spats and office confrontations. I wish these events had not gone down that way, but in both cases the other party, combined with management indifference, had continue to provoke me to a point where there was no other alternative but to respond this way. No crime was committed here but management fired me nonetheless.
I am curious whether this would result in me being denied a clearance. My first thought is probably not (but DON'T lie to the investigators about it!) as it did not have anything to do with my overall trustworthiness, but I dunno. I get the sense from reading over an SF86 that ANY kind of mark like that will disqualify me and that becomes a black mark if I ever attempt to apply for a clearance in the future. If we have any actual Dept of State investigators who post here, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter.