Background check

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  1. momusma29

    momusma29 New Member

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    My son recently received an appointment to USMA (1/11/2018) Can anyone point us in the direction we need to go in order to finish his requirements, i.e. fingerprints/background check? Thank you.
     
  2. GoArmy2022

    GoArmy2022 USMA 2022

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    You will receive an email from the WP Security Installation office shortly with directions regarding fingerprinting and the e-QIP. The fingerprinting instructions will include directions that apply to local law enforcement stations, MP stations, and local recruiting stations, as you can get your fingerprints taken with ink or digitally by any of these places. There will be additional instructions regarding which types of fingerprint cards are acceptable to send to the Security Installation office. The e-QIP can be processed some time after WP has your DS's fingerprints.

    I was worried about it, too, because no instructions were given! Just hang in there!
     
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  3. momusma29

    momusma29 New Member

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    Thank you, appreciate the info! (What is e-QIP)?
     
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    GoArmy2022 USMA 2022

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    Okay. So other people who have actually done the e-QIP before are obviously going to know a lot more about it than I do. Hopefully, they'll spot this thread and give explaining it a go.

    It stands for "Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing," and it's your DS's application for security clearance at West Point. That's about all I know.
     
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    momusma29 New Member

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    Thanks again. I understand, I will keep watching my thread. So there is no need to get a background check completed by local police agencies? I have been reading some posts that have said to go to local precincts.
     
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    GoArmy2022 USMA 2022

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    Not sure about this one. I've heard things as well but I'm not entirely positive. I think part of the e-QIP investigation is searching to see if candidates have any police records on file, but, again--not sure.
     
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    In prior years there was a form for a local background check in addition to the e-QIP process. The e-QIP is the beginning of the security clearance process while WP just wants to make sure you have not been arrested before they admit you.
     
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    My DD went to our county and city to get It, but we live in small town sonit was very easy to do. She also had prior enlistment so she had Security Clearance already. Her e-quip turned green in the portal without having to submit any of the e-quip documents.
     
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    last year DS was appointed around feb 7 and around feb 24 received a PDF on the portal which explained everything. some time after that he received a manilla envelope with smaller envelopes inside, to be stuffed with fingerprints and police check forms and dental reports.
     
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    For those waiting on e-QIP to open up, you can start gathering the required information by completing the Standard Form 86 as a worksheet. For those whom have moved several times in the last 10 years, this will be very helpful in getting all the required information (address, contacts, references, etc...) in preparation for the e-QIP submission process. The form is very long, but many of the questions will not apply.

    SF-86 fillable form
    https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf86-non508.pdf
     
  11. MidwestDad

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    FYI by all means if you can get fingerprints done at a local military recruiting station this is best as they upload directly to the DoD system.
    Local law enforcement may have digital print capability but they can NOT upload directly.
    One less hassle to send in paper print cards.

    As for the 'no criminal record' part of it start with local PD - some do, some don't. This apparently can be a bit of a runaround depending on your local LEO policy and resources.
     
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    Check your State Police web page.
    They may have an easy-to-follow process for scheduling an appointment for fingerprinting online, and send you the background check.
    My DS did it that way, and didn't open the envelope when it arrived, but rather just mailed it (envelope and all) in a larger envelope directly to (in his case) USNA admissions.

    FYI: If your DS is not 18 years old yet, there may be a different process for the background check, as they typically keep juvenile records separate from adult records and it may be a different department to which to make his request.
     
  13. KYparent

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    You weren't kidding about the length of that form. Glad that most of it does not pertain to my DD. That could take a long time to complete for some folks.
     
  14. navyscpo

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    Just remember that all of this info will need to be entered into the e-QIP web site when available. Just a great tool for being prepared.
     
  15. KYparent

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    Thanks for the heads up.