Obtaining Clearance/Secret or Top Secret

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Obtaining Clearance/Secret or Top Secret

Have any of you needed a clearance to obtain a job?

My husband is a soldier and we're moving to a new post. There are a few jobs in IT on the post that I'm qualified for, however, I don't have Top Secret clearance.

The jobs seem to require that clearance, but I have no way of getting that clearance on my own. Apparently, it's very expensive to obtain. I was told by someone who works with that subject that it's many thousands of dollars to obtain.

So my question to this knowledgeable community is: What do you know about getting a clearance on your own w/o an employer?