Veterans with prior security clearance: a double win for defense contractors and government agencies

These organizations with vacant clearance jobs know exactly where to look when they need a person who has already been vetted


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Veterans with a prior Secret or Top Secret security clearance are a hot commodity, so never sell yourself short when assessing your own potential value to an employer. Read on to learn more about types of clearance jobs and employers who want the Veterans that have them.

Types of Clearance Jobs

What’s the big deal about a clearance in the private sector? Well, they may or may not be dealing with national secrets, but one major point is this: if you were trusted with that level of sensitive information, you are a safe bet for them to let in on the types of info they need to protect, too.

As the Department of State explains: “The purpose of a security clearance is to determine that a person is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information, based on his or her loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and reliability.”

So no, not all employers are throwing around classified intel, but nearly everybody wants to hire people who are loyal, have character, are trustworthy and reliable. Trade secrets can also harm a company if revealed to a business competitor!


Clearance Jobs

Secret Vs. Top Secret Clearance Jobs

Luckily for most military members, a standard clearance is part of that process when you enlist or, for officers as you’re going through your commissioning program.

So it’s likely you already know most of this, but as a refresher….

Most military start of with the Secret clearance. As you may recall, the clearance process begins with a Personal Security Questionnaire, SF-86, asking for reams of data about your history and family. It’s like a really in-depth job application, but broader in scope.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts the vast majority of these investigations, and they’ll look for any concerning issues regarding any criminal history, finances, and your allegiance to the country. They’ll also dig into your references.

Having a clearance doesn’t necessarily mean you know government secrets. It means the government can reasonably trust that you won’t try to steal secrets. A Secret clearance grants you, in essence, the ability to work around material which could “cause serious damage to national security if it were disclosed improperly.”

Chances are high, if you’ve got a Top Secret (TS) clearance then you already know the difference because they really drill it into you. A Top Secret clearance means you have “access to information or material that could cause exceptionally grave damage to the nation’s security if improperly disclosed.”

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Gaining Your Security Clearance

Being approved for a TS means the government has placed an enormous amount of trust and confidence in you, based on an extremely thorough background investigation. Again, they look into your background, but with a more powerful microscope this time, also called a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).

Beyond Top Secret (though not really “above” TS) is what’s called TS/SCI – Sensitive Compartmented Information. This is not a seperate clearance; it simply refers to giving access to additional material still within the realm of TS.

Security Clearance Windows

As mentioned, employers who need personnel with security clearances can save a ton of time and money by simply hiring folks who either already have active clearances or whose clearances may be inactive but still within the updating window. This window is the amount of time a clearance can be inactive but still technically usable if reinstated. For Secret clearances, this window lasts 10 years; for a Top Secret, it’s only 5 years.

Clearances are actually not as expensive as you may think, but they aren’t free and the process to gain one can be time-consuming. As The Washington Post notes, the Office of Management and Budget pegs the cost of a Secret background check at up to $272, and a Top Secret at nearly $4,000. So clearly large companies can save a lot of money hiring Veterans if they utilize several cleared personnel.


Clearance Jobs

Security Clearance Jobs for Veterans

There’s such a wide range of opportunities for clearance jobs. From home security to intelligence analyst, and government contractor/defense jobs, the options are many. 

Many clearance jobs are with state or federal agencies. Obviously agencies that fall under the US Intelligence Community are always in need of cleared workers. A few of these agencies are:

It isn’t only state, federal, or governmental agencies that want to hire veterans with clearances. Companies that have government contracts also hire for clearance jobs. Government contracts refer to private companies that supply various items or materials to the Armed Forces via the Pentagon or Congress.

The biggest challenge many veterans have is finding a way to translate their prior skill sets and experience into terminology which these non-military companies can understand. But translating your experience is not as difficult as it may seem.


Applying for Clearance Jobs

When you type up your resume, use the same words they do. Don’t try to look over your old performance reports and fill your resume with military jargon if you’re applying for a private-sector job, unless you are certain they will understand. There are many online tools that can assist with these types of “translations,” such as O*Net.

When reviewing job postings, we recommend printing out the ones which interesting you and then highlighting the keywords which stand out in the job requirements section. You’ll often notice that the things they are describing are things you’ve done in your past, but they are simply using different words.

Taking a broad look at all clearance jobs, the median income is nearly $85,000, with the top 25% earning about $115,000 or more. Variables include everything from the sector you work in, the number of years of experience you’ve got, the geographic location you work in, and of course the clearance level you possess.


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Companies and Agencies Hiring Veterans With Security Clearances

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Vinnell Arabia: Vinnell Arabia is the leader in U.S. military doctrine-based training, logistics, and support services inside Saudi Arabia. We answer our customer’s requirements perfectly throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and have done so for over 35 years. With over 1,250 highly experienced employees Kingdom-wide, over half of whom are Saudi nationals, we provide a unique knowledge-base of experience and talent.

DynCorp International: DynCorp International is a leading global services provider offering unique, tailored solutions for an ever-changing world. Their success is based on seven decades of strategic decisions and the dedication of the people who have made them a trusted partner to commercial, government, and military customers. We provide sophisticated aviation, logistics, training, intelligence, and operational solutions wherever they are needed.

Amentum: Amentum proudly supports governments worldwide with an unrelenting dedication to excellence, commitment to the mission with reliability, safety, and precision. Here are some of the contracts Amentum holds:

(Amentum) US Department of Defense 

  • Air National Guard
  • US Department of Defense HQ
  • US Department of Defense – Office of the Secretary
  • Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Defense Spectrum Organization / Joint Spectrum Center
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Washington Headquarters Service
  • US Central Command
  • US Indo-Pacific Command
  • US Special Operations Command
  • US Special Operations Command Pacific

(Amentum) US Air Force

  • Air Combat Command
  • Pacific Air Forces
  • Air Force Space Command
  • Air Education & Training Command
  • Air Force Materiel Command
  • Air Force Cryptologic Office

(Amentum) US Army

  • Army Program Executive Offices
  • Army Communications and Electronics Command
  • Army Intelligence and Security Command
  • Army Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives
  • Army Aviation & Missile Command
  • Army Special Operations Command
  • Army Contracting Command
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Army Materiel Command
  • Army Sustainment Command
  • Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
  • Army Training & Doctrine Command

(Amentum) US Navy / Marines

  • Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Naval Air Systems Command
  • Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
  • Naval Supply Systems Command
  • Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity
  • Naval Surface Warfare Centers
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  • Regional Maintenance Centers
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  • Regional Maintenance Centers
  • Naval Information Forces
  • Naval Information Warfare Center
  • Naval Information Warfighting Development Center
  • Navy Marine Corps Spectrum Center
  • Naval Education and Training Command

(Amentum) US Department of Energy

  • Office of Environmental Management
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Office of Fossil Energy
  • Office of Science
  • Office of Legacy Management
  • Office of Naval Reactors
  • Office of Nuclear Energy

(Amentum) US Intelligence Community

  • Various Organizations

(Amentum) NASA

  • Various Organizations

(Amentum) Department of Homeland Security 

  • DHS Headquarters
  • Customs & Border Protection
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Transportation Security Administration

(Amentum) General Services Administration 

  • Various Organizations

(Amentum) US Department of Treasury 

  • Various Organizations

(Amentum) US Department of State

(Amentum) US Department of Justice

  • US Marshals Service

(Amentum) Department of Transportation

(Amentum) Federal Aviation Administration

(Amentum) Federal Bureau of Prisons

(Amentum) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 

(Amentum) Social Security Administration

(Amentum) US Department of Health & Human Services 

(Amentum) US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 

(Amentum) National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health

(Amentum) Tennessee Valley Authority 

(Amentum) State/Local

  • City of Aiken
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

(Amentum) International

  • Australian Department of Defence – Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd
  • Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
  • Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • NATO Headquarters
  • NATO – International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan
  • UK Environment Agency
  • UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • UK Ministry of Defence’s Atomic Weapons Establishment

Akima: Akima is a global enterprise with more than 7,500 employees, delivering agile solutions to the federal government in the core areas of facilities, maintenance, and repair; information technology; logistics; protective services; systems engineering; mission support; furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E); and construction. In 2019, Washington Technology ranked Akima #38 amongst the top 100 government contractors.

Leidos: As part of our company mission, we’re dedicated to making the world a safer place. That starts with helping our customers in the Defense industry achieve their critical missions. From our airborne work with sensors alerting warfighters to what’s over the next hill, to our autonomous maritime platforms protecting sea lanes and shores — our scientists and engineers are solving critical challenges across the globe.

FBI: Veterans bring a unique and valuable set of skills and experiences to the FBI. Explore the diverse career paths within the FBI and discover how to continue serving with a career like no other.

The United States Secret Service: Recognized for its central role in the protection of the nation’s leaders and the financial and critical infrastructure of the United States, the Secret Service contributes to the Department of Homeland Security’s common mission of protecting the American people from harm.


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