Interesting factoid I picked up today while smoking in the shelter at work.
It was raining
Turns out that for gainful employment that requires MOD certification a “full” background check is carried out.
MOD and civilian employment requirements with regards to criminal activity are pretty uniform.
This particular codicil raised an eyebrow.
As a given all documentation to crimes committed before the age of 18 are sealed and not available to an employer - except the MOD it seems.
Turns out a cheeky chappy who applied for a job at our workplace had previously been in trouble with the law.
He had recieved a ‘Caution’ from the police as being part of a gang who raided a Post Office. He had not participated in the raid but stood around giggling as the others kicked in the window and ransacked the joint.
Fast forward to present day some 15 years later.
When going for security clearance this fellow is arbitrally dismissed due to an ‘Attack on the Crown’ so clearance is not given and so the job is unavailable to him.
While the MOD is a different beast to HMG it seems a little churlish to on the one hand pass laws to absolve misguided teenagers of previous infractions. On the other insist that anyone who breaks a post office window and nicks a packet of a fags is guilty of treason.
The only reason I mention this is that the guy was only cautioned by the police and the target had been a Post Office.
Had he kicked in the door to a Granny flat and taken everything she owned he would have been Scot free with regards to the MOD clearance procedures.
Anyone else know of any other absurd vaguaries like this outside of the UK.