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Secret Clearance

This clearance provides access to information or material that may cause "serious damage" to national security if it were released without authorization.

For example: This information could refer to plans to conduct a tactical combat operation. The plans might cover only a single operation in a limited area for a very limited period of time. However, premature disclosure of this information could hurt the success of the operation.

To obtain a Secret Clearance, an individual must pass a "National Agency Check with Local Agency Checks and Credit Check" (NACLC), which looks back at the last five years of your life. A Secret Clearance must be renewed every 10 years.

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