Should Sexual Behavior Be Considered in the Adjudication Process?
The topic of sex crimes/sexual assault in the military has been all over the news recently. Several high-profile incidents involving service members and sexual assault have brought the topic into the spotlight, with defense leaders going so far as to keep those working in sexual assault prevention off of the DoD furlough list.
Sexual behavior is currently a separate adjudicative guideline but an expert in the clearance process pointed out to me via email that there is some movement to remove it altogether – the disqualifying issues within the ‘sexual behavior’ guideline all fall under other areas, as well.
The clearance investigation process is meant to be intrusive, but many have argued that it’s more overly complicated than intrusive – would eliminating ‘superfluous’ guidelines such as Guideline D: Sexual Behavior be a step in the right direction?