Dental Corps Officer (63)
- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Open to Women
- Entry Level
An Army Dental Corps officer is responsible for the dental health of Soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for providing health care to Soldiers’ families and others eligible to receive this care in the military community.
During combat, the Dental Corps officer assists in the emergency medical management of casualties.
Within the Army Dental Corps, you can specialize in the following areas:
- Comprehensive Dentistry
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Commanding and controlling the Dental Corps units during emergency and nonemergency medical situations
- Coordinate employment of Dental Corps officers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations
To qualify for an officer appointment in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, you must:
- Meet the prescribed medical and moral standards for appointment as a commissioned officer
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a graduate of an American Dental Association accredited dental school
- Have a current unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or a territory of the United States
- Be 21 - 46 years of age (dentists 47 years of age or older may apply for an age waiver)
As a U.S. Army Medical Department officer, you will not be required to participate in the Basic Combat Training that enlisted Soldiers attend. Instead, you'll attend an Officer Basic Leadership Course, a basic orientation to the Army health care team, Army doctrine and basic Soldier and leadership skills.
OBLC for active duty officers is held four times per year at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston and lasts from 10 to 14 weeks. Officers in the Army Reserve attend OBLC for two weeks and Health Professions Scholarship Program recipients attend a six-week course during their academic training.
Your training time depends on your chosen specialty and whether or not you have prior military experience. You must also meet height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.
After completing OBLC, AMEDD officers report to their initial active duty assignment and students return to their academic training.
- Physically fit
- Perform under physical and mental pressures
- Make decisions quickly and on your own
In addition to the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you’ll be rewarded with:
- A Health Professions Bonus
- Health Professions Loan Repayment
- Variable Specialty Pay
- Board-Certified Pay Dental Additional Special Pay
- Dental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus, based on specialty and length of contract
- 30 days of paid vacation earned annually
- Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
- No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
- Special Pay
- Health Professionals Loan Repayment Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
- Low-cost life and dental insurance
- Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
Both active and Reserve duty officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges; a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k); paid continuing education; and specialized training to become a leader in their field.
Army Dental Corps officers enter a ready-made practice without having to worry about insurance forms, malpractice insurance or the overhead of supporting an office and a staff. The U.S. Army also provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.
One of the many advantages of becoming a member of the U.S. Army Reserve health care team is that you’ll be able to focus on patient care instead of dental school loans. By continuing to practice in your own community and serving when needed, you may qualify for HPLR to repay your medical school loans.
Future Civilian Careers
As you advance through your career, you will be looking for experiences that blend teaching, research and clinical excellence to best prepare you for unique and challenging opportunities. Our dental professionals excel in clinical, research and executive administration arenas. Many have worked in more than one career track throughout their time in the U.S. Army and have held leadership positions ahead of their private sector counterparts. In fact, U.S. Army dental professionals are highly desired candidates for competitive private sector jobs upon leaving the Army.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESSS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.
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