SOUTHEAST – Army O-5 abused drugs for 4 years while holding a Top Secret clearance on active duty. This drug abuse continued during his security clearance periodic review, leading him to lie on his SF86 about his drug use. Ultimately, he was arrested and convicted of drug possession, but permitted to retire from the military. Upon retaining our services, we worked with him over a period of years to mitigate his past behavior in efforts to obtain a clearance as a civilian. Based upon our guidance, assistance in executing his SF86, and preparation for his OPM interview, our client was granted a Top Secret clearance without even receiving a Letter of Intent.