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What is an "Inactive Secret" clearance?


  1. shpbk45213 says:

    There is no such animal as an "inactive" security clearance. You either have a current, valid security clearance (i.e., "active"), or you do not have a clearance at all.

  2. The K says:

    I have a a secret clearance like all the active guys and I’m a reserve. Its all the same.

  3. Dennis F says:

    When you leave Active Duty, your clearance goes into inactive status. You should have signed some paperwork with your security manager when you out-processed.
    You no longer have access or a Need to Know.
    Unless your clearance has expired, it only takes a minimum of effort for an employer to reactivate your clearance if you are hired and now need clearance.

  4. William Henderson says:

    JPAS, the DOD database that contains records of security clearances, only indicates the level of clearance that you have. So you either have a clearance or you do not. However, each record has an investigative summary and an adjudicative summary that list your past investigations and the clearances (aka: eligibility for access). A clearance can be reinstated if the investigation is not out-of-date AND you have not had a break-in-service of more than 24 months. Some people refer to this condition of having a "reinstateable" clearance as an "inactive" or "current" clearance, but it’s not the terminology used in any security clearance database. Some people use the term "expired" to describe a clearance that is no longer reinstateable because one of the two time limits has been exceeded. In actuality clearances do not expire, but the underlying investigation can go out-of-date.

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