S.H.I.E.L.D. security clearance

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S.H.I.E.L.D. security clearance refers to the security levels used by S.H.I.E.L.D.

By 2013, S.H.I.E.L.D. had begun to use a numeric system from Level 1 to Level 10, with Tango, Omega, and Alpha clearances required to access or decrypt certain files. Upon Phil Coulson's ascension to director, the level system was removed.[1] Following the destruction of Hydra and the ratification of the Sokovia Accords, S.H.I.E.L.D. reemerged. Under Director Jeffrey Mace, S.H.I.E.L.D. began to use a color system.

Gaining access[edit | edit source]

The security clearance level for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents is determined by their performance, not time.[source needed]

Numerical system[edit | edit source]

Alpha clearance[edit | edit source]

Alpha Level is the highest level of security clearance. It is automatically granted to the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the secretary of the World Security Council. For executive orders, such as decrypting all S.H.I.E.L.D. files, two Alpha Level members are needed to authorize the operation.[2]

Omega clearance[edit | edit source]

Omega Level clearance grants information on certain S.H.I.E.L.D. files, such as Project Rebirth.[3]

Tango clearance[edit | edit source]

Tango Level clearance was present on some S.H.I.E.L.D. files.[4]

Level 10[edit | edit source]

The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. automatically receives Level 10 security clearance. The only known person who had Level 10 clearance was Nick Fury.

Level 9[edit | edit source]

The deputy director of S.H.I.E.L.D. automatically receives Level 9 security clearance. The only known person who had Level 10 clearance was Maria Hill.

Level 8[edit | edit source]

Certain high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, such as Phil Coulson[5] and Victoria Hand, have Level 8 security clearance.

Level 7[edit | edit source]

Several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have Level 7 security clearance, granting them full information on the Battle of New York. These include:

Level 6[edit | edit source]

Some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, primarily focused on espionage and combat, have Level 6 security clearance. These include:

Level 5[edit | edit source]

Most S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers have Level 5 security clearance, although Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were known to have Level 5 security clearance.

Level 4[edit | edit source]

Most field agents have Level 4 security clearance, including Akela Amador and Katherine Shane.

Level 1[edit | edit source]

S.H.I.E.L.D. employees with Level 1 security clearance have the least amount of security clearance. This level is typically reserved for new agents or operatives, such as Hendricks and Skye.

Chromatic system[edit | edit source]

Level Platinum[edit | edit source]

Level Platinum is automatically granted to the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. The only known person to have Level Platinum is Jeffrey Mace.

Level Orange[edit | edit source]

Level Orange, reserved for field support agents, encompasses Level Red and Level White.[6]

Level Red[edit | edit source]

Agents within the operations division, such as Melinda May and Piper, have Level Red security clearance.[7]

Level Blue[edit | edit source]

Most field agents have Level Blue security clearance, including:

Level Green[edit | edit source]

S.H.I.E.L.D. researchers have Level Green security clearance, such as Leo Fitz, Holden Radcliffe, and Nathan B. Nathanson.

Level White[edit | edit source]

Public relations officers, such as Burrows, have Level White security clearance.

Level Black[edit | edit source]

Level Black is reserved for enhanced individuals, such as Elena Rodriguez.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Phil Coulson, "Heavy is the Head", Marvel Cinematic Universe. "There are no levels anymore. I got rid of those."
  2. ^ Alexander Pierce, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Disabling the encryption is an executive order, it takes two Alpha Level members."
  3. ^ Christos N. Gage. Iron Man: Security Measures, (15). 2008.
  4. ^ Christos N. Gage. Iron Man: Security Measures, (1). 2008.
  5. ^ Phil Coulson, "The Hub", Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Level 8."
  6. ^ Jemma Simmons, "The Ghost", Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Well, Orange encompasses both Red and Yellow, so."
  7. ^ Melinda May, "The Ghost", Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Why do I, Level Red, have to go through you, Level Orange, to request hardware?"