Being ... er ... "between jobs", I'm looking to improve my employment status. As a UNIX/Solaris administrator, things are pretty light in this area, hence why I'm "between jobs". There are a large number of Solaris positions in Maryland and the DC area, but a huge number of them require active TS/SCI (Top secret/special) Clearance. Whereas I understand that if this is for government agencies TS/SCI Clearance is mandatory for the job, it's so unbelievably infuriating to see that - basically - even if your skill sets exceed all other potential employees, you won't even be considered if you don't have TS/SCI Clearance, but the only way to get TS/SCI Clearance is by having an employer sponsor you. This is pretty much analogous to the "you can't get a job without experience, but you can't get experience without a job" crap that a lot of us had to deal with immediately after college. Can anyone shed any light on this? Is there any way for civilians to get this clearance on their own? The situation and quite annoying.