Dentist

Army Medical Service

“A dentistry career offers travel and variety”

"A rewarding career so far"

Looking after the oral health of Army personnel all over the world is the job of a Dental Officer. The Royal Army Dental Corps can be found everywhere from large, nine-chair practices on huge Army bases to small mobile surgeries on operations, and you’ll experience plenty of both during your career. There’s also plenty of independence. You choose the treatment you think is best – not what the patient can afford. What’s more, you’ll get a non-contributory pension, further professional training and the chance to do sports and adventurous training. And if you're currently a dental student you may eligible for the Army’s bursary scheme.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Get a competitive salary and non-contributory pension.
  • Enjoy clinical autonomy to deliver high-quality dental care.
  • Take part in sport and adventurous training.
  • Benefit from leadership and professional further training.
  • Bursary scheme available for dental students.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
Having successfully completed the Army Officer Selection process and Army Dentist interview; you will be awarded a place on the Commissioning Course Short at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  You are taught basic military, survival and weapon handling skills alongside other professionally-qualified officers. The training is designed to prepare you for military life. On completion of the course you will awarded a commission into the Army Medical Services.


Step 2
You will then attend the Army Medical Services Entry Officers' Course (EOC), which provides you with the specific knowledge required to begin your career as an Army Dentist.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 39 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: 

QUALIFIED - Qualified dentist with active registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). Can also be at the point of completing dentist training.

 

STUDENT (BURSARY) - The Army offers financial support to those who have secured a place on, or have already commenced, a degree in dentistry. You will receive an annual payment of £10,000 for up to three years and a lump sum of £45,000 upon completion of your initial training.

FITNESS: 
Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 10m 15s(multistage fitness test)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

All Army Dentists can gain postgraduate qualifications throughout their careers such as the Diploma of Membership of the Join Dental Faculty (MJDF) at the Royal College of Surgeons England. You may also have the opportunity to study at MSc level.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

You'll earn a minimum salary of £70,000 after training

RESERVE

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank (minimum £175); plus, if you complete all your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax free lump sum.

FROM THE FIELD

“I joined the Royal Army Dental Corps in 2007 after graduating from the University of Sheffield Dental School. Since completing my training, I‘ve served in locations including Germany and Kenya. In Kenya, we set up a dental centre in a tent and provided treatment to soldiers who were training there. There was also time for Adventure Training/Safari at the end. During my time I‘ve also enjoyed skiing, sailing and freefall skydiving. These opportunities and the chance to travel have made this a very rewarding career so far."

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You will complete two 2-week courses at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to form the basis of your military training


Step 2
Your trade specific training will depend on your civilian qualifications and experience

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 18 years - 54 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified dentist with active registration with the General Dental Council (GDC).

FITNESS: 
Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 10m 15s(multistage fitness test)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

On successful entry into the Army Medical Services Reserve you will be eligible to apply for funding for Professional Qualifications to help you in your role with the Army Medical Services.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

You'll earn a minimum salary of £70,000 after training

RESERVE

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank (minimum £175); plus, if you complete all your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax free lump sum.

FROM THE FIELD

“Being in the Army Reserves has given me opportunities which I would never have had in civilian life. I was involved with setting up a mobile dental unit at a disused airfield in the UK, providing dental care to troops. At the annual camp, I fought in the tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar and helped paint a church for the local community. I‘ve also been on exercises and adventure training, including canoeing and trekking in Germany, and skiing in Canada. I’ve developed my management and professional skills too, and made some close, life-long friendships.”

HOW TO APPLY?

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.