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.
Job Duties
Examines, diagnoses and treats the supporting/surrounding tissues of the teeth
Performs implantation or transplantation of teeth
Medical research on diseases of military importance
Participates in graduate medical education and trains other personnel
Serves unique duty positions for the Advanced Specialty Education Program in periodontics
Active Duty
Doctorate from an American Dental Association ? accredited dental school in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada
Completion 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 dentistry
Must be a U.S. citizen
Army Reserve
In 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.
Helpful Skills
Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
Physically and mentally fit to perform under stress
Apply critical technical and thinking skills
Tremendous concentration
Active Duty
A Health Professions Bonus, paid in lump sum at first duty assignment
Health Professions Loan Repayment, which can be applied toward qualified dental school loans
Variable Specialty Pay based on your length of service
Board-Certified Pay
Dental Additional Special Pay, based on creditable service
Dental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus, based on specialty and length of contract
30 days of paid vacation earned annually
Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)
Army Reserve
Health Care Professionals Loan Repayment, which can be applied toward qualified dental school loans
May receive pay for continuing education, including clinical specialization and residencies
Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)
Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs
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Education Benefits
Active Duty
The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development. Learn more about education.
Army Reserve
As a general dentist, comprehensive dentist, prosthodontist or oral surgeon, you can receive up to HPLR to repay your dental school loans.
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at
Johns Hopkins
GE Healthcare
Cleveland Clinic
Mercy Medical Center
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