How to check my army security clearance

Updated February 21, 2017

The Army issues a security clearance to soldiers whose jobs necessitate trusting them with classified information. Security clearances vary in degree. Most security clearances issued by the Army are "secret," which is used to protect information which, in the hands of an enemy, may cause harm to military troops, national security or military operations. "Top secret" clearance is given only to soldiers whose position, pay grade and job description require knowledge of information which would assuredly, in the hands of an enemy, cause harm to troops, national security or military operations. Security clearances above "Top secret" are given solely to soldiers whose jobs necessitate those clearances. Army security clearances are governed by Army Regulation (AR) 380-67.

Log in to the Army's Human Resources Command (HRC) website using a valid AKO username and password.

Select the option to view your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) by clicking "View Your Records."

Select "View My ERB."

The uppermost row of the Enlisted Record Brief contains a box titled "Fld Det PS Stat" (Field Determined Personal Security Status). The box contains one of the following words: "None," "Secret," Top Secret" or "Other" to denote your security clearance.

Visit your battalion, battery, brigade or division's Military Intelligence office (S2).

Provide your Social Security number to the soldier on duty and request information on the status of your Army security clearance.

Request a copy of your Enlisted Record Brief (ERB) for your records.


If you are unable to log in to HRC's website with your AKO username and password, use a military computer with a Common Access Card (CAC) reader installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid Army Knowledge Online (AKO) username and password or Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Internet access or access to battalion, brigade or division-level Military Intelligence shop (S2)
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