I will be enlisting in the US Army within a month under the MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest) Program and I was wondering what kind of job will I be open to since as a non citizen I will not be entitled to security clearance (even after getting the citizenship). Hence, I may not be able to apply for tech jobs such as computer science jobs, which is what I am good at. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from University of Washington Seattle and I am a Citizen of India.
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You should ask yourself what your goals are here because I see this question again and again.
The MOS' that do not require a security clearance initially are limited and include Infantry.
Surprised to see someone from India enlisting because my knowledge of the Indian culture puts "Soldier" on the lower list of desireable life options based on the past on the Caste system, so either you have come to grips with that or hopefully it's not an issue with you personally.
Anyways, back to topic. On the list of limited MOS that will not require a security clearance say for example Infantry. Here is the catch 22, it does not require a security clearence for like the first year of enlistment but once you get to the rank of SGT or SSG in the Infantry your going to need a security clearance and if your blocked from getting one, it will limit your career options. Almost all Officer positions require a security clearance.
Bottom line is, you probably are not going to be able to make a career in the U.S. Army without the ability to obtain a security clearance. Which is OK for some people that just want one or two enlistments. If your enlisting in the Army long term your not going to be happy until you get the ability to get a security clearence.
Last but not least, IT positions in the Army are in the SIGNAL branch and few of them are competitive with private sector positions. Army tends to lag at least a decade behind the private sector in technology and practices and they typically will not let anyone in uniform program a computer..........they hire civilian contractors for that.
With the Bachelors Degree you will enter the Army as an E4 Specialist and probably be a E5 SGT once you have served for two years, depending on MOS. Some promote faster (Infantry) and some slower (Cook).
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What makes you think that you would not be able to get a clearance after you obtain U.S. citizenship? My son started off as a Korean citizen and was naturalized in high school. He is going through the process for a security clearance right now.
As Erich said, once you reach a certain level you will need the clearance. My son was promoted to SGT about 9 months ago and shortly after that is when he was told he needed a clearance. It's looking like the clearance and SSGT will happen at about the same time.
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