Dental Nurse

Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • Specialist
  • medical

First-class training helps you become a Dental Nurse. It’s much like being the civilian job, but with added excitement, travel, sports and career development.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details

My role as an Army Dental Nurse is really rewarding.

As a Dental Nurse you’ll play your part in keeping soldiers well so that they can do their jobs. You’ll care for patients, prepare equipment and sterilise instruments. You’ll also move practices every few years and be a highly skilled soldier. You don’t need qualifications when you join – we’ll train you and help you work towards a Diploma in Dental Nursing, but if you’re already a registered Dental Nurse we want to hear from you too. Work hard and you could become a Dental Practice Manager. There are many other roles and qualifications available, too, plus a pension, sports and Adventurous Training.

The Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) has taken care of the Army’s dental health for more than a century and continues to provide high-quality dental care to the Army, both in barracks and on operations. Wherever in the world the Army operates, you will find the Dental Officers and Dental Nurses of the RADC.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Earn a competitive salary and non-contributory pension

  • Get fully funded Continuing Professional Development opportunities

  • Progress to Dental Practice Manager

  • Take on challenges, make new friends, and enjoy Adventurous Training and sport

  • Join as a qualified dental nurse or train as a dental nurse through the Army

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    QUALIFIED Qualified dental nurse with active registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). May also be at the point of completing dental nurse training.

    UNQUALIFIED 2 GCSEs Grade C and above including English Language.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier. This covers everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. This 14-week course takes place at either Pirbright in Surrey or Winchester, Hampshire.

Step 2
You study dental nursing at Defence Medical Services (DMS) Whittington in Lichfield for 15 weeks. The course covers anatomy, physiology, surgery and infection control. You also learn to prepare dental materials, give advice on disease prevention and process X-rays. It all prepares you to sit your National Diploma in Dental Nursing exam, a recognised civilian qualification. If you are already a registered Dental Nurse, you will complete a one-day transitioning course at DMS Whittington.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • National Diploma in Dental Nursing

  • All Army Dental Nurses have the opportunity to gain certificates in fluoride application, impression taking, practice management to name a few.

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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