Security Clearance and Sexual Behavior

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Many people have questions about security clearance and sexual behavior. Can I get a security clearance if I have a sex crime on my record? Does my sexual preference matter in applying for clearance? How should I moderate my sexual behavior if I want to get a security clearance for a government job?

Sexual behavior is certainly an adjudicative concerns, but not all behavior is a taken into consideration.

As explains:


(a) The concern. Sexual behavior is a security concern if it involves a criminal offense, indicates a personality or emotional disorder, may subject the individual to coercion, exploitation, or duress, or reflects lack of judgment or discretion.  Note: Sexual orientation or preference may not be used as a basis for or a disqualifying factor in determining a person’s eligibility for a security clearance.


(b) Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include: 


(1) Sexual behavior of a criminal nature, whether or not the individual has been prosecuted;


(2) Compulsive or addictive sexual behavior when the person is unable to stop a pattern or self-destructive or high-risk behavior or that which is symptomatic of a personality disorder;


(3) Sexual behavior that causes an individual to be vulnerable to coercion, exploitation, or duress;


(4) Sexual behavior of a public nature and/or that which reflects lack of discretion or judgment.

These are the sexual behavior considerations you must make while applying for security clearance.

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