Hello! I am in the process of applying for Federal jobs that require a TS clearance, but I am concerned about being denied. The short of it is, I had a problem, I dealt with the problem, and there is no more problem. However, I also realize that our actions have consequences, so I’m hoping for some guidance from the experts. Details are below along with a few questions.
- What are my chances of being found favorable for a TS clearance?
- Should I volunteer this information even though it’s beyond 7 years? If so, when should I volunteer the information?
Drug usage – used frequently from age 16 to 29 or 30 and occasionally until 32 when quit voluntarily.
• Marijuana – frequently from age 17 to 30 and occasionally from age 30 to 32.
• LSD – approximately one year ending 1995 (estimated)
• Ecastasy – used occasionally for approximate 6 to 12 months ending 1999
• Cocaine – used on and off occasionally for 1 -2 months ending around 2000 with gap until a single use 2008
• Prescription painkillers – used for a week or two at age 32
• Others as a juvenile
Drug distribution – low level but frequent involvement mainly for personal usage, but also for profit. Voluntarily quit in approximately March 2006 with no recurrence.
• Marijuana – age 18 to 30 years with gaps totaling estimated two or three years
• Cocaine – estimated three months approximately 1996-1997
• Hallucinogens – on and off for six to twelve months approximately 1998-1999
Alcoholism – used heavily from age 24 to 32
• Voluntarily entered treatment program on April 21, 2008
• No recurrence of use of alcohol.
Arrests – All charges were related to the drug and alcohol use and were either expunged or I received probation before judgement. None remain on my record.
• Possession of paraphernalia – 1994
• Disorderly conduct and trespassing – 1997
• DUI – 2003
Potential mitigating factors
• Completely sober since 2008
• Excellent Credit
• Recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree – Magna Cum Laude
• Favorably adjudicated at Secret level - 2016
• Has stable job history since 2008
• Few foreign-born contacts
• History has been shared with several hundred people over multiple occasions while giving testimony at church.