The Personnel Security Program establishes the standards, criteria, and guidelines upon which personnel security eligibility determinations are based. If you are a new to the personnel security (PS) discipline we suggest you review the following PS training products in the order listed to develop a foundation in personnel security concepts and principles. Once you have reviewed these PS training products, there are many other training products on this webpage to expand your PS knowledge and skills.

  1. Introduction to Personnel Security PS113.16
  2. Receive and Maintain Your Security Clearance Eligibility (Job Aid)
  3. Need to Know Principle Video Lesson
  4. The Revised Federal Investigative Standards Short


Internet-based, self-paced training courses

Courses taught by training staff and guest instructors at CDSE in Linthicum,MD and various mobile training sites

Training videos, usually in 10 minutes or less, that allows you to refresh your knowledge of a critical topic or quickly access information needed to complete a job

  • Adverse Information Reporting [description] [GO »]
  • The 13 Adjudicative Guidelines [description]
    1. Adjudicative Guideline A: Allegiance to the United States GO »
    2. Adjudicative Guideline B: Foreign Influence GO »
    3. Adjudicative Guideline C: Foreign Preference GO »
    4. Adjudicative Guideline D: Sexual Behavior GO »
    5. Adjudicative Guideline E: Personal Conduct GO »
    6. Adjudicative Guideline F: Financial Considerations GO »
    7. Adjudicative Guideline G: Alcohol Consumption GO »
    8. Adjudicative Guideline H: Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse GO »
    9. Adjudicative Guideline I: Psychological Conditions GO »
    10. Adjudicative Guideline J: Criminal Conduct GO »
    11. Adjudicative Guideline K: Handling Protected Information GO »
    12. Adjudicative Guideline L: Outside Activities GO »
    13. Adjudicative Guideline M: Use of Information Technology GO »
  • The Revised Federal Investigative Standards [description] [GO »]

Repositories of role-based resources that serve as one-stop shops for security essentials

Scheduled, eLearning facilitated by instructors through CDSE's online Collaborative Learning Environment

Online, informative events available live, on-demand, or previously recorded that address topics and issues of interest to defense security personnel