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Take your passion for dental health – and amplify it across communities, borders and populations. In the Navy, a Dentist isn’t just a health-care provider, but is also an ambassador of goodwill. Go far beyond an everyday practice by joining top health-care professionals on a highly respected Navy Health Care team.
For the Navy Dentist, running an exceptional practice is a daily opportunity. They attend to Sailors, Marines and servicemembers – as well as their families. They contribute to humanitarian missions in this country and virtually anywhere in the world. And introduce oral care to parts of the world where dentistry is more a luxury than an expectation.
Beyond enjoying a broad, accelerated career experience, Navy Dentists:
Navy Dentists practice in more than a dozen different focus areas, from general dentistry to advanced specialties, including:
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral Facial Pain Clinic
*You must be a general practitioner/dentist first, and then you can apply/be selected for this specialty.
Indicates a medical specialty that is currently in high demand.
In the Navy Dental Corps, you will do everything a typical dentist would do:
You can attain a broader spectrum of experience faster as you find yourself at the forefront of the dental field. And wherever you serve, you’ll have the latest high-tech equipment at your disposal, such as:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Dentists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your dental experience in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.
For annual training, dentists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or in bases and camps in countries around the world.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Even after their commitment was fulfilled, Jen and Aaron continued to serve in the Navy Reserve because the opportunity to make a difference at home and abroad was too much to pass up.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.
Dentists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.
With flexible training options, Navy Reserve Dental Officers can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own practice – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.
The Navy Dental Corps offers you a truly diverse variety of academic, clinical and operational settings in which to practice. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian setting you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.
As a Reservist in the Navy Dental Corps, you’ll receive a first-rate benefits package – including your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*
*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).
Reservists joining the Navy Dental Corps as residents can get:
Note: Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.
To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Dental Corps, you must be: