[Ansteorra] Regarding SCA names and Security Clearance

faolon at sallegarnes.com faolon at sallegarnes.com
Sat Nov 22 05:51:59 PST 2008

There seems to be a misnomer about security clearances that if you tell
them this or that it will be bad for you. When in truth most of the time
they simply want to know what you're NOT telling them and if someone
(usually a foreign body or agency) can use it to hold some over you (ie
blackmail you into doing something), so with that said and to answer your
question less than 100 words. Yes, put it down "When in doubt fill it out"
they will almost never hold information that you give them against you.


ps: I've held TS/sci clearances and occasionally higher for both DOD and
DOS. Just so you know where my background is with this. Drat that put me
over 100 words.

>> Hey, anyone here ever filled out the SF-86 security clearance form?  If
>> so,
>> did you list your SCA name as an alias?  I could use some guidance on
>> this
>> if have some.
>> TIA,
>> JP
> I once had the same question myself.
> yes, list your persona name in the SCA and in parentheses
> next to or underyour SCA name put: "(use name in the Society
> for Creative Anachronism, a living history organization)"
> The folks who do background checks know all about the
> various living history groups like us.  Your SCA name
> functions as a true alias for a large number of people who
> know you.  As such, the security types need to know about it
> - and they will be cool about it, so long as you remember to
> disclose it.  It's not the kiss of death not to disclose it
> but it's somewhat uncool.  The name of the game to have
> nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of.  Remembering
> to disclose your use name in your living history group is
> part and parcel of the evidence they gather to evaluate if
> you have anything you might want to potentially cover up.
> The gig here is that the people who clear you have to be
> sure that there is nothing that someone could use against
> you to leverage you into compromising gov't security.
> Disclosing any alias/nickname/use name that's not your real
> name is part and parcel of you helping them realize you have
> been upfront and open about all your dealing with them.
> Hope this helps
> ttfn,
> Therasia
> almost 30 years of DOD & DOE security forms and security
> clearances
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