I have held a military Secret clearance since 1996. 12 years ago, I was convicted of a felony for theft over $300 and given probation. I was allowed to keep and renew my clearance. Not sure if this was due to the special circumstances of the offense, and remote chances of it occurring again, or my combat record since then, which was taken into account.I am interested in a civilian position which would require an upgrade to TS. Still having an active Secret what are my chances of approval?
State/Country relating to question: Illinois
I am currently working to apply for a governors pardon. Although, I understand that process is long.
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.Can you tell me, how long till you EAS (end service)?Any chance you can apply for a TS while in service?
I am currently in the Inactive Ready Reserve, so applying for the TS though a unit is not an option at this time. I have already gained the contractor position, based on my Secret, and was informed they're upgrading everyone to TS as a matter of course.
ThanksYour current clearance if it is active or even recent is huge. That will go a very long way to getting a TS.And were it not for the prior felony? It would not be an issue at all. It would have been seamless.The felony is not good. Particularly not for theft. Frankly, that is one of the worst "hits" you can take.But the great thing is you were able to get the clearance AFTER this. And have held since with no issue.So I would say you have a decent shot...if it was just the secrete, no issue. The TS upgrade may be an issue...but I sure think you have a decent shot.
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
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