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In Response to Re: Looks as if Osama won:
When I was in the Army as my rank rose so did my clearance. When I got to a certain rank I had to get a Top Secret with a SCI and a SAP. I don't remember how many pages I had to fill out. The pages were from the time I was born until the present. The FBI and another branch did the clearance. Talked to everyone. When I retired I kept my job but had to redo my clearance this time with Secret Service, homeland security, and the FBI.
I don't get just how some of these people got cleared. Manning was the military slip up just how a PVT. got a top secret is beyond me.
It is time that only one branch does the clearances.
Posted by memadeania
Just because a person passed a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance doesn't guarantee nothing would happen afterwards to disqualify them for the clearance.
I held a Top Secret clearance in the Air Force, but when I went over to the Army it wasn't valid since I no longer needed it. Years ago the form we had to fill out was a DD Form 398 covering one's complete life. I recall that it had to be filled out in six copies in the days before copying machines. I was required to fill out several during my service, so I kept a copy for reference which I kept updated...I still have a copy with my papers.