The Dental Corps of the United States Navy consists of naval officers who have either a Doctorate in Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine (D.D.S. or D.M.D.) and who practice dentistry caring for sailors and marines. In overseas locations they also treat dependent family members. Dental officers are usually appointed to the rank of Lieutenant (O-3) but may be appointed at higher ranks with significant practice experience or advanced specialty training. Most attend the Officer Indoctrination School (OIS) at NETC Newport, RI. as opposed to the more well known accession training programs of Officer Candidate School (OCS), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), or the Naval Academy. Historically, there were independent commands comprised of dental officers, enlisted dental assistants and hygienists but recently the Navy has integrated the dental personnel into the overall Military Treatment Facility commands worldwide. This was done to save money by reducing duplication of administrative billets. The Navy also employs civilian dentists, hygienists and assistants in some locations. Dental officer pay is less than what is comperable in private practice but the workload is correspondingly less. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations around the globe. ...
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Official U.S. Navy file photo of Cmdr. Jerry Torres, a dentist attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), injecting a patient with anesthetic before repairing a tooth.
DentalCorps officers ensured that Navy and Marine Corps forces were deployed at levels of dental readiness at or exceeding 95 percent, with many units deploying at 100 percent," said Rear Adm. Dennis D. Woofter, chief of the DentalCorps.
The DentalCorps is currently working on two new initiatives, which include OIF after-action reports and optimization of dental services at dental treatment facilities.
Dental officer work load may be less than that of private practice but the stress and demand that operational billets place on the officer as well as his/her family far surpasses that of the private sector.
Although the number of patients seen by the dental officer may be less than that of a private practitioner, his duties and responsibilities far surpass that of his / her civilian counterpart.
A dental officer is greatly underpaid when taking into consideration the burden of family separation, his/her level of professional skill and responsibility in life threatening and often arduous situations when compared to his civilian counterpart.
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