Been told to reconsider my branch choices. Watch
I have a foreign national step parent along with extensive family abroad and thus cannot obtain the higher level security clearance. I wish I had known this before applying and having filter interview.
I am told that I can still go for Admin branch which is my second choice.
Does anyone else know of other branches DO NOT require high level security clearance?
Read our Armed Forces articles
I got a letter saying that I could not obtain the high level security clearance.
If your parent is fully assimilated into the UK, eg has lived here since a child, if you have never been to this country, don't speak the language etc, this might all strengthen your case. It just seems strange to me that in this day and age when people have more diverse backgrounds anyway, the threats are more diverse, and the international component to security is so much greater, that there is not a greater effort made to vet, rather than reject people on this basis. Just my opinion though.
There must be some way round this, especially now we are all in the same club what with NATO and Europe.
However the parent thing can be a problem. No easy answer there I am afraid
If I was dead set on a branch that required a DV (and remember that posting opportunities in many branches could be curtailed by not being able to get clearance) I would be pressing the point very hard. What does your MP think about this?
Of course I don't know your family circumstances, but if this step-parent is not one that has brought you up through your formative years, ie has only been on the scene for a few years, what do they have to do with you? ie can you show that they have not had any/much influence on your up-bringing? Given that much of the US is populated by people with eastern european heritage this all seems very suspect to me.
I will think on it and pm if I come up with anything constructive, because it seems a very specious excuse they have given you.