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Periodontist - 63D
Periodontist specialize in treating the tissue area surrounding the teeth from disease. As an officer of the Army Dental Corps, you are primarily responsible for the dental health of Soldiers and their families.
Examines, diagnoses and treats the supporting/surrounding tissues of the teethPerforms implantation or transplantation of teeth Medical research on diseases of military importanceParticipates in graduate medical education and trains other personnel Serves unique duty positions for the Advanced Specialty Education Program in periodontics
Active DutyDoctorate from an American Dental Association – accredited dental school in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or CanadaCompletion of an ADA-accredited Advanced Specialty Education Program in periodontics Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)License to practice dentistryMust be a U.S. citizenArmy ReserveIn addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
Job training for an Army dental officer includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills. 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.
Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions Physically and mentally fit to perform under stressApply critical technical and thinking skillsTremendous concentration
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.
Active DutyA Health Professions Bonus, paid in lump sum at first duty assignmentHealth Professions Loan Repayment, which can be applied toward qualified dental school loansVariable Specialty Pay based on your length of serviceBoardCertified PayDental Additional Special Pay, based on creditable serviceDental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus, based on specialty and length of contract30 days of paid vacation earned annuallyNoncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying serviceFlexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)
Army ReserveHealth Care Professionals Loan Repayment, which can be applied toward qualified dental school loansMay receive pay for continuing education, including clinical specialization and residenciesNoncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying serviceFlexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)
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