Will This Disqualify You

chkwheelsdwn

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A buddy of mine just got picked up vra and is filling out the paperwork. He had to put in an arrest he got a few years back that was a misdemeanor. I told him not to lie about anything and just explain what happen. Does his shot at passing the background check weaken?
 

MTCTIGUY

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A buddy of mine just got picked up vra and is filling out the paperwork. He had to put in an arrest he got a few years back that was a misdemeanor. I told him not to lie about anything and just explain what happen. Does his shot at passing the background check weaken?
An alcohol/drug related arrest might, but you don't provide enough details to make a determination.
 

cdubya

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Per the FAA's FAQ's related to becoming an Air Traffic Controller:

Individuals who meet the minimum qualifications for an air traffic control specialist job must pass a rigid security exam. The following items are among those issues reviewed as part of the background/security check:

  • General or dishonorable military discharge
  • Statutory debarment issue
  • Government loyalty issues
  • Evidence of dishonesty in an application or examination process (e.g., falsification of application)
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Felony offenses
  • Firearms or explosives offenses
  • Alcohol-related incidents
  • Willful disregard of financial obligations
  • Derogatory employment terminations
  • Patterns and/or combinations of incidents which lead to questions about your behavior and intent
This process appears to be similar to that of becoming a LEO. Though, most LE agencies specify their requirements for many of the categories listed above (ie: drug usage policy for some agencies may be 3 years, some may auto-dq for certain drugs, etc.).

From my understanding and what makes sense, the FAA wants to see you own up to your mistakes and show signs of recovery or maturity by what has occurred in the time since the particular incident. Regardless, honesty is always the best policy and the FAA seeks this per the words in bold above.

Own up to your mistakes. Everyone makes them, except to different degrees. They will find out. It's better to get the job knowing you confessed everything than the possibility of being fired (or even worse) in the future.
 

ewanobeach

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FAA purgatory.
Lots of folks with misdemeanors have clearances. Google industrial clearances and filings..
There's also a stipulation about how much the fine was and if it was traffic related whether to even put it down.
 

ColdAilment

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I have a traffic related misdemeanor. freaking "Obstruction of Traffic". Didn't even know that was a misdemeanor. So I guess that's pretty minor on their list?
 

NovemberEcho

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i got arrested on a misdemeanor alcohol related incident, although the charges were dropped and I just had to pay a fine. Had to do a security interview but still got picked up. A buddy of mine who was kicked out of the AF with an administrative discharge for sharing his percs with some friends just got selected in this recent TOL giveaway as well.
 

Mryenko

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I wouldn't try to hide anything, they will find out.
They will find out, and they will hang you for it. Even if you murdered a dozen people over a narco submarine full of heroin, your chances are better if you divulge than if you don't. Also, your records being sealed doesn't mean shit to the federal government. (Ask me how I know.) They see it, anyway. Be 100% truthful, and don't forget anything. If you get the expanded security interview, bring every document you can get your hands on. They wanted to know about traffic tickets over $120 or something, and it took me a week to find the paperwork. A week with a federal investigator waiting on you is incredibly stressful, when you're unemployed. :(
 

Rumplestilskin

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My background isn't perfect and I passed my security clearance just fine. You will most likely have to do an interview though and even that is pretty laid back and casual. Don't hide anything, they will find out, if not tomorrow next year or in 25 years. Their main concern seems to be blackmail. If you tell them everything then you cannot be blackmailed for sensitive information because the FAA already knows all your dirty secrets. Its uncomfortable but it'll be worth it if you don't wash out.
 

NovemberEcho

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They may not know what you got arrested for if it got expunged, but they'll see that you got arrested. I hadn't listed mine because the court told me it wouldn't go on my record but they def asked me about it!
 

Mryenko

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How do you know?
I was arrested for some fireworks when I was 18. Charged with three counts of Construction, Possession, or Use of a destructive device, a class three felony. Charges later reduced to criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and adjudication was withheld. Those records were sealed after completion of probation. After consulting my lawyer, I didn't self report on the initial application, believing that sealed records were just that.

Turns out, federal background checks can find stuff that isn't supposed to get found. I got the "enhanced interview," answered truthfully and completely, and, other than the delay caused by me having to request my driving records from the state, I had my security clearance
less than a month later.