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Old 05-21-2014, 06:24 AM   #1
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I'm currently losing weight to make standards but I'm researching all the rates so I know what I'm walking into when I go to MEPS. EOD tech has caught my attention. But I cant seem to find what kind of security clearance it requires. Any one know? Thanks!
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To join is a Secret... while in training, you'll have to upgrade to Top Secret/SCI with Presidential Support access.
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What all in involved in that? What do they look into?
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Secret involves a National Agency Check... they look at FBI, State, and all local PD and sheriff's dept. records for everywhere you've lived or worked... they check credit, and they check Social Security records for all past employment to verify you didn't try to hide a job from them.

Top Secret involves a Single Scope Background Investigation... same paperwork, but you go back 10 years instead of 7 years in several sections. You will also have a federal investigator from the Office of Personnel Management assigned to interview you in-person and go over every question you filled out to make absolutely sure you're answer is truthful... they'll then send investigators out of talk to friends, family, employers, teachers, neighbors, and at least 2 "developed sources" who are people you didn't list but are obtained from other references.

Sensitive Compartmented Information and POTUS Support are basically just checks in the box when they do your Top Secret. POTUS Support may require a polygraph examination... or it may not.
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I dont have anything to hide, but I know some people that would screw me over if they got interviewed. Can I get DQ'ed for that?
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I'm currently losing weight to make standards but I'm researching all the rates so I know what I'm walking into when I go to MEPS. EOD tech has caught my attention. But I cant seem to find what kind of security clearance it requires. Any one know? Thanks!
If you are losing weight just to make standards and aren't in top shape, I would worry about that more than the clearance. Most spec op guys are already in top shape for years before going into boot camp.
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Completely depends on what they have to say. Generally, investigators have an "ex-girlfriend clause" that prohibits them from reporting unsubstantiated testimony from only one source. So, if one person says you do all the meth in the world and train al Qaeda in your attic... but nobody else corroborates that, it's not factored against you.

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If you are losing weight just to make standards and aren't in top shape, I would worry about that more than the clearance. Most spec op guys are already in top shape for years before going into boot camp.
^ I'd agree with this... all NSW programs are extremely physically intense... I work with Aircrewmen who dropped from SO, SWCC, EOD, etc. and they're in very good shape... yet they weren't fit enough to make it through training.
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Completely depends on what they have to say. Generally, investigators have an "ex-girlfriend clause" that prohibits them from reporting unsubstantiated testimony from only one source. So, if one person says you do all the meth in the world and train al Qaeda in your attic... but nobody else corroborates that, it's not factored against you.



^ I'd agree with this... all NSW programs are extremely physically intense... I work with Aircrewmen who dropped from SO, SWCC, EOD, etc. and they're in very good shape... yet they weren't fit enough to make it through training.
PT is a bitch, 4 to 5 mile runs 3 days a week. It's been an eye opener for me.
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Completely depends on what they have to say. Generally, investigators have an "ex-girlfriend clause" that prohibits them from reporting unsubstantiated testimony from only one source. So, if one person says you do all the meth in the world and train al Qaeda in your attic... but nobody else corroborates that, it's not factored against you.


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If you're losing weight just to meet the requirements, you have a lot of training ahead of you. EOD isn't as competitive as the SO/SB rates, but no one can just walk into it and get contracted. Plus, getting the contract is the easy part. Then you actually have to get ready for the training.
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PT is a bitch, 4 to 5 mile runs 3 days a week. It's been an eye opener for me.
Looks like I'll be choosing a different rate and volunteer a few years down the road. I can barely do a mile now, let alone severl. Thanks for the help guys.
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Looks like I'll be choosing a different rate and volunteer a few years down the road. I can barely do a mile now, let alone severl. Thanks for the help guys.
I'm not an EOD I'm just support at a spec ops command. This is typical for the support people. The Spec Op guys do way more than that.
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