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Protecting a security clearance when separating from the military

Inevitably everyone leaves military service. If a Pennsylvania military member with a security clearance intends to enter the civilian job market after separating from the military, it may be a good idea to make sure the clearance remains intact prior to leaving. That clearance could turn out to be the deciding factor in whether a particular candidate obtains a desired position.

Even with all of the changes happening when it comes to security clearances, not everyone keeps track of when their clearance expires. Anyone reaching a separation date needs to determine whether his or her clearance is still active, or at least current. Despite the approximately 700,000-application backlog, those with current and active statuses retain priority over those with expired or new clearances.

When a Pennsylvania resident still requires a clearance in order to perform his or her job, it may be possible to jump to the head of the line for a renewal investigation. Another important date to determine is the date the government officially issued the clearance. This will make a difference when transferring it from a military position to a private sector position. Keep in mind that a security clearance only remains active for two years after separation from the military.

Someone who wishes to use a security clearance in order to obtain employment in the private sector will need to use this time in order to renew it. If it expires, it could take upwards of 534 days to get back a top secret clearance for a position as a defense contractor. This makes keeping a clearance current after separation from the military a crucial step in the process.

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