The Standard Form (SF) 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, is the form that is used by military personnel, government contractors, and government employees to apply for Security Clearance.
Unfortunately, despite the numerous articles which outline why attention to detail on the SF-86 is so important, a number of initial security clearance requests continue to be rejected for reasons well within the applicant’s control.
It’s easy to blame the government for the months it takes to complete a background investigation. But applicants create delays of their own. Here are three common problems with a security clearance application.