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Responsibilities

In the Navy Dental Corps, you will do everything a typical dentist would do:

  • Perform checkups
  • Fill cavities
  • Offer preventive care

You can attain a broader spectrum of experience faster as you find yourself at the forefront of the dental field. Wherever you serve, you’ll have the latest high-tech equipment at your disposal, such as:

  • Digital Xray systems
  • Innovative dental restoration materials
  • Patented Forward Deployable Dental Dressing (FDDD)
  • Video teleconferencing
  • Saliva tests that can help detect exposure to life-threatening diseases, such as tuberculosis and anthrax

In the Navy Dental Corps, you will do everything a typical dentist would do:

  • Perform checkups
  • Fill cavities
  • Offer preventive care

You can attain a broader spectrum of experience faster as you find yourself at the forefront of the dental field. Wherever you serve, you’ll have the latest high-tech equipment at your disposal, such as:

  • Digital Xray systems
  • Innovative dental restoration materials
  • Patented Forward Deployable Dental Dressing (FDDD)
  • Video teleconferencing
  • Saliva tests that can help detect exposure to life-threatening diseases, such as tuberculosis and anthrax

Work Environment

Navy Dentists may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.

As a Navy Dentist, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Md.; Portsmouth, Va.; and San Diego, Calif. Or you could support deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

Still more opportunities are available stateside and abroad – onboard a surface ship, working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.

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.

Training & Advancement

Upon graduation from dental school, those pursuing a Dentist position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, R.I. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.

 

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: Beginning October 1st, 2019, Officer Candidates will be required to attend the Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI instead of the 12-day Direct Commission Officer School. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here you will learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette. There may be an option for attendees to request to split the five-week program into two sessions.

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.

 

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your dental career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.

Plus, if you’re a student or resident, you can concentrate on your education or training with no military/training obligation until after your program is completed.

Students

The Navy may pay for your education. That means you could emerge from dental school debt-free. A Navy Dental Recruiter can help you choose the program that offers you the greatest advantage.

In the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), you can receive 100% tuition coverage during dental school, PLUS:

  • A sign-on bonus of up to $20,000
  • Plus a monthly stipend in excess of $2,200 to help cover living expenses for up to 48 months
  • Reimbursement for many out-of-pocket expenses (dental kits, health insurance, books, supplies)

In the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP), you can receive anywhere from $157,000 to $269,000 while attending dental school. This includes:

  • A monthly military salary
  • A generous housing allowance*
  • A comprehensive health-care benefits package

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Dental Recruiter contact you.

*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on dental school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.

Residents

The Navy Financial Assistance Program (FAP) offers potentially more than $275,000 during your dental residency. That consists of:

  • An annual grant of $45,000 for up to four years (on top of normal resident pay)
  • A monthly stipend in excess of $2,200 to help cover living expenses for up to 48 months
  • Reimbursement for many out-of-pocket expenses (dental kits, health insurance, books, supplies)

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Dental Recruiter contact you.

Practicing Professionals

Practicing Dentists can receive a sign-on bonus from $150,000 to $300,000.*

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Dental Recruiter contact you.

*Offer depends on specialty and service requirement.

Practicing Dentists

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:*

  • Up to $50,000 per year in specialty pay
  • Up to $250,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

Dental Residents

Reservists joining the Navy Dental Corps as residents can get:

  • A monthly stipend in excess of $2,200 while completing your residency program
  • Plus up to $250,000 in dental school loan repayment assistance

Note: Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Dental Corps, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • A graduate of an eligible dental school approved by the American Dental Association
  • Licensed to practice in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory (new graduates must obtain a license within one year of beginning Active Duty service)
  • Willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Between the ages of 21 and 41
  • In good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Dental Corps, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • A graduate of an eligible dental school approved by the American Dental Association
  • Licensed to practice in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory (new graduates must obtain a license within one year of beginning Active Duty service)
  • Willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Between the ages of 21 and 41
  • In good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

Areas of Focus

Navy Dentists practice in more than a dozen different focus areas, from general dentistry to advanced specialties, including:

  • Endodontics
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Facial Pain Clinic
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatrics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Public Health*
  • Research

*You must be a general practitioner/dentist first, and then you can apply/be selected for this specialty.

Navy Dentists practice in more than a dozen different focus areas, from general dentistry to advanced specialties, including:

  • Endodontics
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Facial Pain Clinic
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatrics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Public Health*
  • Research

*You must be a general practitioner/dentist first, and then you can apply/be selected for this specialty.