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What is your stance on the value of having a TS or hiring someone with a TS?

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I see it as the same earning potential as a masters degree

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A TS is great because it restricts your work to SCIFs and you can't travel to certain places or smoke weed. The trade off is that it keeps you confined to DC and you make a little more money. It's truly a win-win.

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I don’t think there is really a “stance.” It’s a quantifiable variable when you are assessing your future earnings and value to an employer. I get paid more and have infinitely more job security than my peers who don’t have a TS.

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The perfect usage of a clearance are contracts that require it for personnel, but you never have to deal with materials that require it #bestofbothworlds

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Already cleared at S, what’s the best way to go about asking to be cleared at TS? That extra pay sounds great. Is there a TS fairy or can I just go up to my manager and ask them about it without raising any red flags?

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Try to get on a contract that will sponsor you for a TS upgrade. It will likely take ~1.5 years for adjudication

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I wouldn't, but the commercial life of nonstop travel and bullshit isn't for me anyway. It might be worth it to someone who will get way more money. As mentioned, once oi t expires gone. Next to my degrees I consider my clearance my most import asset above any certs. I usually start paying attention to the renewal a year ahead of time. I know people whole are paid a lot of money in jobs that have nothing to do with their experience and education because they have a clearance (like an engineer doing work tech editing documents). As someone said above job security.

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TS = more probability of a scif . Exact opposite of travel. Kind of like prison where you get paid ...

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If you don’t use your TS within 2 years you’ll lose it. Remember, you also get reinvestigated every 6 years that you must account for

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I’ve got a TS/SCI with a poly and I’d say that the best way to get cleared is network with people who have a TS and express interest in getting cleared at that level Believe it or not, many people are turned off by the adjudication process and there is never enough TS or TS/SCI cleared people

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Would you ever leave to try commercial if you have aTS? Concern is if you don’t use it you lose it

All good points. But from what I understand, you don’t immediately lose it if you stop using it for a short period of time. So you could conceivably do a 3 month project in commercial and return to a cleared role after. Need to verify though

Tracking with the same query as D2. At a former company I had an opp to go up for clearance, but the role was some sort of auditing hellhole so I tabled that plan and eventually left the firm.

Last I heard, upgrading from S to TS took as long as going from uncleared to TS. Maybe things are different south of the river.

I left the TS world and came back after 3 years. Timed it well with my PR. SCI readjudication was a bit of a cluster but a couple months wait wasn’t bad

I mean, the “value” is that some projects require someone with TS. It’s not like they’re going to be necessarily more skilled or qualified- the value is being able to skip the bureaucracy of getting someone cleared (which can take forever)

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