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  • Can I Join If Im In Debt

    The title says it all..Will i be able to join if i have debt?

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    Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

    Many factors here. You're best bet would be to talk to a recruiter.

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    • #3
      Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

      Are you consistently paying it and attempting to get the debt paid? If so, you will have to list the debt on your application and it might play a role in a security clearance, but consistency in payments shows accountability and shows that the government can trust that you will do the right thing. questions like yours really should be directed to a recruiter that you can have a one on one conversation with, then he or she can determine if you are elligible to join, an internet forum can help you, but we can't answer a question like that with a yes or no. Its not that cut and dry.

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      • #4
        Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

        They are more interested in how responsible you are with debt. When I enlisted there were no questions about the amount of debt, only about recent late payments over 60-90 days, repossessions, foreclosures, and bankruptcies. These situations are not necessarily bad, depending on your pattern of behavior. If you have recent negative actions, you may be told to wait a while so that you can establish a responsible pattern of behavior.

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        • #5
          Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

          Your debt will only really come into question if the MOS you are trying to get requires a security clearance.

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          • #6
            Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

            I joined with a mortgage, 2 newish car payments, student loans, and CC debt. I wasn't denied. But as others said, it does play a more significant role when applying for any type of clearance.
            Last edited by jaydez; December 28th, 2011, 12:33 PM. Reason: spelling

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            • #7
              Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

              Thank you all..

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              • #8
                Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

                What I have been told by my recruiter is that I may have to sit down with someone and explain why I have delinquent debt - I was laid off. He said that everyone has their own circumstances and I may not be able to get an MOS that needs a security clearance but I should be ok otherwise. Just my experience.

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                • #9
                  Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

                  thank you for your response robin..

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                  • #10
                    Re: Can I Join If Im In Debt

                    Some debts are OK. Others are not. Be honest and Let your recruiter & your MEPS GC figure out what to do for you.

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