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Background check: Prior SF-86 forms

Brett327

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420, 69. Lied about drug use. Definitely a typo.

Maybe that is what was wrong with his application! He mistyped his birthday. :D
Yes, your interpretation makes much more sense. Lots of 51 year old applicants being interviewed and getting paperwork generated
 

Hair Warrior

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Lying about your PII on random public websites? Not a bad OPSEC practice. Lying on official govt forms? Not a good practice.
 

Treetop Flyer

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I had disclosed my prior 1 time illegal narcotic use in college on a prior SF-86 that got me disqualified from a government job. I chose to keep it from my application for OCS since being honest about something so small got me disqualified. I didn't want to risk it happening again. However, I'm getting paranoid that it's probably going to pop up. Part of me wants to fess up to my OSO and hope for a waiver.
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So how did you respond here?
 

flgator92

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I had disclosed my prior 1 time illegal narcotic use in college on a prior SF-86 that got me disqualified from a government job. I chose to keep it from my application for OCS since being honest about something so small got me disqualified. I didn't want to risk it happening again. However, I'm getting paranoid that it's probably going to pop up. Part of me wants to fess up to my OSO and hope for a waiver.
Your best course of action was to just disclose it. I have a buddy who disclosed drug use from several years earlier, and because it was a one time thing, and he was honest and demonstrated integrity, his TS was approved. I'd ask the Marine recruiter if you can amend some errors on your SF-86.

The biggest problem to a clearance investigator is not the one time marijuana use (presumably), but that you're demonstrating a pattern of evasiveness and dishonesty- particularly if you didn't put that you had been previously denied a clearance on your form AND the drug use. That's the concern. If you tried drugs once in college, I don't see how today that'd automatically DQ you. However, being dodgy and dishonest on your form, that represents a security risk for the U.S. government, so they're unlikely to approve a clearance on a subject of a clearance investigation who has demonstrated those high risk tendencies. Make sense? (Source: someone who has gone through the long TS approval process where my investigator was a suprisingly frank retired MA chief.)
 

Sasquatch

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I had disclosed my prior 1 time illegal narcotic use in college on a prior SF-86 that got me disqualified from a government job. I chose to keep it from my application for OCS since being honest about something so small got me disqualified. I didn't want to risk it happening again. However, I'm getting paranoid that it's probably going to pop up. Part of me wants to fess up to my OSO and hope for a waiver.
Yes fess up now. I have personally field DQ’d applicants for lying to me when I caught them
Lying. I will also
Say this if you are applying to be a commissioned officer you need to understand that your integrity is the only thing that separates you. Give that away (notice I don’t say lose it or have it taken) and you are done. If I cannot trust you to be honest on something as simple as a questionnaire I wil NEVER trust you to deploy with me.
Do the right thing regardless of the consequences.
 
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