The Benefits of Having a Security Clearance

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What are the benefits of having an active, inactive or even lapsed security clearance?

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Benefits of Having Active or Inactive Security Clearance

  • Increased marketability with civilian employers that require cleared employees.
  • Many Defense Department contractors give hiring preference to ex-military personnel with current clearances.
  • Doubles your worth and ability to get jobs in certain sectors that non-cleared personnel could not get.
  • Since employers do not have to pay for your clearance application, the money saved often goes back into the employee's salary.
  • When leaving the military, you can reactivate your clearance for up to 24 months without having to start the process over again.

Benefits of Having Lapsed Clearance

  • Employers are more willing to hire people with prior clearance for positions where you can apply without a clearance and the firm will sponsor you.
  • Depending on how long it has been since you last had clearance, the investigation process can take much less time than that for people without ever having clearance.

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