v12 wrote:The moment you want a job back in the west, requiring a (high) security clearance, forget it.
Such a security clearance will fail on the fact, you have been living for more then 3 months in a country where your local NSA equivalent won't exchange information with (and as such will not be able to obtain security relevant information about you).
As such, you will have a "gap" of 3+ months in your security history, which precludes you from obtaining the required security clearance. Job unreachable ....
This aspect is a pita for pilots flying in the middle east for one of the big middle east carriers. Because of the totalitarian and human rights violating regimes around there, these people have big problems to obtain a flying job outside the sandbox in a more civilized world for a western carrier, requiring a security clearance. It's not entirely impossible, though very difficult.
Untrue. 25 years here and always maintained a clearance. In fact, I still have one...although it expires soon and I am unwilling to pay to keep it active anymore. Big bucks contracts here are gone like the dodo bird.