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You don't know what you're talking about. The cleaning staff don't necessarily need clearances. If uncleared persons were cleaning secure areas, they would be under close supervision by cleared personnel. No, a TS clearance and a technical background does not mean you will automatically make six figures.
I suspect that the majority of people with clearances are military people. But that's not what this conversation is about. We are talking about technical workers (e.g. engineers, scientists) with clearances, and only a minority of them have served in the military.
I would take kkuo's comments with more than a grain of salt. 1 to 2 million dollars to sponsor a single TS clearance? Haha. You don't honestly think government contracts are THAT lucrative, do you? There would be no way that any defense contractor would sponsor any employee's clearance if it cost that much. At least wait until you graduate from college and start making the big bucks at your favorite defense contractor before you start giving people advice.
First of all, there are uncleared AND cleared laborers in classified environments. The cleared workers are usually enlisted Army with TS clearances scrubbing toilets as a second job for extra cash. The uncleared workers also occasionally come in and are escorted by MPs. I've seen some places where everyone's cleared and others where almost nobody is. If you've been a secure area like you claim to have been, you would know the red lights that line the hall are there for a reason. The red badges are, too.
The only person I knew who took a year had an illegal alien parent.
By my calculations, it would take (the equivalent of) 40 man hours per week at $4166 PER HOUR for three months straight to make my investigation cost $2mil. I don't know anyone who gets paid that much, especially not government employees. I always heard that clearances cost about $50k on average, but who really knows?
Don't forget that military culture is corporate culture with more bureaucracy, less proven leaders, and more kids who think they're leaders because of the insignia on their chest/hat/shoulder.
And that was probably for a Secret clearance, not for a TS clearance. A year or more is the norm for a TS clearance. You're showing a wealth of knowledge on this topic so far. I'm very impressed.
And you are speaking from personal experience because you served?
Roger that "KamelAkbar"! I suppose you do not have any sort of bias with the US military's involvement in the Middle East...do you?
Racist too! You're gonna be a General one day, boy. Unfortunately, you're talking to a white boy from the mid west.
Yes. But, because I am not totally disregarding OPSEC, I'm not going to get specific here.
My TS took three months.
Unfortunately, you're talking to a white boy from the mid west.
yagottabelieve: Are people really being brought in to do comp engineering jobs? With the job prospects the way they are, would employers really be paying and taking the risks to sponsor immigrants for H-1Bs?