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Public Health Dentist




Public health dentists make assessments and recommendations in order to improve the general dental health of the population. The cost of starting and maintaining a dental practice can be substantial. If you are a recent graduate with student loan obligations, this cost can be prohibitive. As a member of the U.S. Army Dental Corps, you can enter a stimulating existing practice with no start-up costs and begin treating patients without waiting to build a patient base.

Job Duties:

  • Conducts research, studies, and analyses of epidemiologic and dental health services issues

  • Makes recommendations on policies and programs of the dental health delivery system


Army Reserve

  • Doctorate from an American Dental Association—accredited dental school in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada

  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (waivers available)

  • License to practice dentistry

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent U.S. residency


In the U.S. Army, Dentists gain experience that far exceeds the dental care environment of the private sector. As an Army Dental Corps Officer, you'll have access to the most sophisticated technology, the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector, plus exceptional professional growth opportunities. You may also qualify for extra cash to pay for continuing education, clinical specialization and residencies. Newly appointed Army Dental Corps Officers who have not had postdoctoral residency training are designated General Dental Officers. Upon completion of residency specialty training, the General Dental Officer will acquire an advanced specialty designation.

Helpful Skills:

  • Army Dental Corps Officers must be leaders skilled in tactics, techniques and procedures in order to understand and support the Soldier. He or she must possess strong Army values, leader attributes and skills and fully understand the key leadership actions that must be taken to ensure success.

  • The Army Dental Corps offers a broad spectrum of opportunities. Every Officer learns and trains to be a fully capable team member, gaining expertise and experience in diverse specialties and skills.


In addition to your annual salary and the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:


Reserve Benefits:

  • Health Professions Signing Bonus of up to $20,000

  • Board Certification Pay of $6,000 per year prorated monthly

  • Health Professions Annual Bonus of up to $25,000 per year prorated monthly

  • Health Professions Loan Repayment toward qualified dental school loans of $40,000 per year up to a maximum total of $250,000

  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service

  • Low-cost life and dental insurance

  • Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions

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