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Military security clearance issues and considerations

A denied or revoked security clearance can spell stress and trouble for a worker in virtually any industry or career calling, with that being especially true for servicemembers in the United States armed forces.

We noted that in a recent blog post (please see our entry dated November 3), where we stated that, “The implications of such an outcome can be dire, resulting in blocked promotions, premature departure from the military … and subsequent difficulty obtaining similarly suitable employment elsewhere.”

A recent Army press release regarding revoked and denied security clearances updates information that we provided in the above-cited blog post, and we note material details today for readers who might be interested or even personally affected by developments.

The Army states that it will begin identification of soldiers who are deemed unqualified to perform duties in their primary MOS (military occupational specialty) owing to denied or revoked clearances, and then process them for either reclassified positions or separation from the military.

That announcement will reportedly affect many hundreds of servicemembers, with an outcome in any given instance being potentially dire, given that commanders will make the call in every case.

That means this: If a soldier is considered unqualified for retraining in a so-called balanced or shortage MOS, he or she will be reclassified and thereafter scheduled to be separated from the Army within nine months.

That potential outcome can of course be flatly detrimental to any soldier who has served considerable time in the Army and considers military service to be a career.

As we noted in the blog entry above, a denied or revoked security clearance “does not necessarily spell permanent defeat in any given case.” A proven military defense attorney can advise a service member facing a clearance hurdle and provide aggressive and knowledgeable representation focused on an optimal clearance-related outcome.

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