Clearance Form Needs Changes, Advocates Say

Rick Maze
Military Times
March 2, 2012

Leaders of an advocacy group for sexual assault victims in the military hope the government soon changes its policy requiring the disclosure of assault-related mental health counseling when applying for security clearances.

“The lack of leadership on this issue has been extremely disappointing,” said Greg Jacob, policy director for the Service Women’s Action Network and a former Marine officer and enlisted member. “When senior federal officials refuse to make a simple change to an unfair policy that only gives troops the option to lie, quit or remain silent in order to keep their careers, it is nothing short of a colossal leadership failure.”

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