PSA: Military Security Clearance Issues

Messy military lawyer. Today’s public service announcement involves military security clearances.

Yes, the military has transitioned to new databases that are catching more than they would have otherwise. We’re getting asked, Hey, should I run down my S-2? Should I run out to the security manager and should I report this? Whatever it is, probably what is, maybe flagging your issue. The answer is still no. You got to play defense first.


You’re going to be notified that there’s going to be a security interview. If that happens, then you absolutely disclose whatever it is that’s still hanging out there. If you don’t get notice of a security interview, but you do have to wait for that notice of security revocation. When you get that, click acknowledge.

The next step, acknowledge it, but also say that you’re going to provide appeal matters, rebuttal matters. You’re going to do that. The next thing you do is through your security manager, you need to request through Privacy Act, the materials on which that decision for that notice of revocation was made. Then you also have to request through your security manager that initial 60 day delay, and the basis for it is that you’re waiting on the matters that support your statement of reasons. Messy military lawyer.

Jocelyn Stewart is a UCMJ court-martial attorney who specializes in defense of allegations of sexual assault for all branches of the military worldwide.


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