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Anybody ever been rejected for the security interview, MEPS?


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So, found out that the meps security interview was a no go. I had a bad debt (<$3000) about 14 years ago that I settled and the bank close the account. I told the interviewer this and I was apparently disqualified because of this. My recruiter thinks my only recourse is to get congress to override it. Am I insane in thinking everyone involved in this process has lost there ever loving minds? Does everybody in the military really never have a single bad debt? WTF? I was in college and stupidly signed up with a 'credit counselling' company and they settled it. I thought this sh*t was behind me. But apparently if you are honest at the interview, you will get rejected. I'm so pissed off right now. My credentials are as competitive as anyone and I'm getting thrown to the side for this kind of BS?! Really pissed. Anyone have any ideas as to how to fix this? Or am I SOL? My recruiter is clueless and completely unhelpful.

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As in you had a bad debt 14 years ago that was settled 14 years ago, or you had a bad debt the last 14 years that wasn't resolved until recently?

The debt was settled. Paid the settlement fee and the account was closed. Doesn't even show up on my credit report anymore. Its gone gone gone. So frustrated. the security guy just kept repeating "oh you need a payment plan cause this could cost the government millions of dollars" blah blah blah. I'm thinking "are you retarded? there's ZERO liability!" and now because of this, I'm D/Qed. I was about to get a suit tailored for the board, then my recruiter is like "oh uh, yeah. you don't qualify. Wanna enlist?" They couldn't tell me what regulation this is under, what to do about it, who to talk to, who to call, what office handles these issues, what forms are needed and who needs them, NOTHING. And they were so helpful before. I mean, if this is what the security guys are going to DQ new applicants for, do they really expect anyone to be honest? This is absurd. retarded. UN...FREAKIN...SAT man! WTF?

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Bad credit and a lot of unsecured debt can keep you from getting you Secret clearance, which is a requirement for Officers, but yours being that old and closed "shouldn't" matter.

 

The security interviewer is a DA/DoD employee but works at MEPS. Ask your recruiter to talk/email to his 1SG, then BN CSM/ OPS NCO and see if can re-do it. Ill email my buddy who still works at MEPS and see what he says.

 

They should try to help being that they need WOCS/OCS packets, but the knee jerk recruiter option is definitely to tell you to enlist.

 

You can email/call them yourself really. Its not really jumping the CoC if its not your CoC :D

 

 

 

What MEPS?

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I had a friend DQ'd from WOFT for almost the same reason. He had a credit issue from 9 or 10 years ago - it wasn't even a large amount and he had paid if off a long time ago. His waiver wasn't approved. The Army doesn't want financial liability risk, especially when they are investing top dollar for aviation candidates.

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I had a friend DQ'd from WOFT for almost the same reason. He had a credit issue from 9 or 10 years ago - it wasn't even a large amount and he had paid if off a long time ago. His waiver wasn't approved. The Army doesn't want financial liability risk, especially when they are investing top dollar for aviation candidates.

But he was instructed to file for a waiver right? I'm being told not to even try to contact MEPS. I can understand the army not wanting liability however, shouldn't there be regulation or guidance so that there are standards to determine what acceptable and not acceptable is? I'm being told this one interview is a one time shot and that's it for all eternity, there's no regulation guiding the process, and there's absolutely no recourse afterwards. It doesn't sound right to me.

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