Mishandled military information could be very useful to America’s enemies. The military must safeguard information and technology to maintain our national security. Not all military personnel or civilian military contractors will be granted a security clearance. So, who is required to have security clearance?

Simply put, if your job requires access to classified information, you are required to have a security clearance. The level of clearance you require is determined by your military job and the location of your assignment. Certain military jobs are required to have access to classified information, regardless of location. But certain locations or assigned units can also require clearance even if the job does not.

Obtaining a military security clearance does not mean you are authorized to view all classified information. Access to information is given based on two factors: the level of clearance and an appropriate “need to know” position. “Need-To-Know” is access to information an individual must have in order to perform their job.

The purpose of this restriction is to keep important information from leaking, and ensure only positions and personnel who require access, get it. If access to classified information is not vital to your job, you will not be granted access. The level of your security clearance will also be dependent upon both your job and location.

Keep in mind your military security clearance is a benefit you can take with you when you transition out of the military. Your security clearance is a valuable asset that can help you compete for government and defense contracting positions.

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