I came across this question today, and I am flabbergasted at the reason for closing the question.

Security clearances are permitted by and obtained from the US Government. Companies have little involvement in the process. This is a fair and reasonable question I've heard asked in a variety of forms by fellow applicants over the years, and it applies to anyone who will ever apply for security clearance.

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    Question is now open again
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Jul 20, 2018 at 23:13

2 Answers 2


I agree that the question is neither company-specific nor asking for legal advice. I suspect the sentence "I am not sure what level of clearance I will need for the job." made it seem job-specific. I have removed that sentence, added the tag (based on Monica's answer and your explanation here), and made some other edits.

I won't cast the binding reopen vote, but if it gets 4 reopen votes, I will cast the 5th one. Question has been reopened now.


This is exactly what I've been railing against. "I don't understand it, so it must be off topic".

This might not surprise people, but I know about security clearances as well.

Voted to reopen.

  • also voted to reopen
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Jul 20, 2018 at 16:50
  • Thank you. I don't understand how the 5 people who voted to close that question can be moderators. I spend a lot more time on StackExchange sites than my lowly reputation implies, and this is far from the first time I've seen a question closed in a harsh way that alienates members of the community. 1 of those 5 is quite rude on a regular basis. SO and SE are effectively without peer, and so when you're rejected from asking a good question here, it leaves a meaningful feeling of frustration and despair.
    – pbarranis
    Jul 21, 2018 at 1:05
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    @pbarranis The 5 people who voted to close are not moderators. Only one of them is, and he too became a moderator about a year after the question was closed. Moderators have a diamond next to their user name. Our community does tend to close a lot of questions, which is a concern raised before, and which we are trying to address.
    – Masked Man
    Jul 21, 2018 at 12:20

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