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Originally posted by asperetty
Hi thanks for reading. I have recently decided to join the army. I am just wondering if anyone with experience and direct insight into the enlistment process can tell me more about getting a 'secret' level security clearance. What do they check and how does the process play out? I am concerned because I would like to keep from disclosing my medical records to them. I heard that I could claim I have no health insurance + no general physician + no hospitalizations, thereby providing them little to no information regarding my medical history to investigate.
Also, what in general should I know before signing that contract? Like what is it that I should be wary of confirming, things that a new recruit may be naive to.
I'm looking forward to your replies
Originally posted by TDawgRex
First of all, if you are signing a contract that requires a security clearance, whatever you are trying to hide, they will find it, everything from bounced checks to medical. So whoever told you that did not know what they were talking about.
When you fill out the EPSQ, it is pretty much a litimus test on your honesty. I've seen guys get TS-SCI, even though they had been busted for check fraud earlier in their life. Oh yea, they had to jump thru hoops to prove that they had learnt their lesson, but they still got it.
I always liked the idea behind, "Don't ask, Don't tell." Not just in the context of Homosexuality, but also religion or lack of it, Political leanings, etc.
It is a major lifestyle change as well.
I've recently retired and always recommend against enlisting in the Army to most people (I'm former Army, so I know what I'm talking about). I usually recommend the USAF or Coast Guard as they have better programs in place to take the skills you learned in the service back into the civilian world.
What MOS are you thinking about?