Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Officer
  • Specialist
  • medical

Life as an Army Dentist can be an amazing experience. There’s travel, challenges, sports, training and the freedom to perform high-quality dental work.

  • The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £70,000Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 36 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details

Without a doubt a truly rewarding career.

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. 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 Undergraduate Bursary scheme.

The Royal Army Dental Corps 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

  • 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

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 36 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

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

  • 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
Having successfully completed the Army Officer Selection process and Army Dentist interview, you'll 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, which are designed to prepare you for military life. On completion of the course you will be awarded a commission into the Army Medical Services.

Step 2
You will then attend the 14-week Army Medical Services Entry Officers' Course, which provides you with the specific knowledge required to begin your career as an Army Dentist.

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.

Pay & benefits

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

Student bursary (up to £75,000):

  • Open to candidates who will graduate with an Army-endorsed dental degree and intend to join the Royal Army Dental Corps as a Dentist for at least 4 years

  • Paid in annual instalments of £10,000 during your final three years of university then a lump sum of £45,000 on successful completion of Officer training

  • You will also receive an Army salary during one year of foundation period employment

How to Apply

For those enrolled in a UK university on a dental degree course. Apply while you are still at university, before the end of January. You should apply not later than your first year to qualify for the full amount; the Army reserves the right to award bursaries of 1, 2 or 3 years. You must pass the Army Officer Selection Board for professionally qualified officers and the Arm Selection Board for the Royal Army Dental Corps to qualify. You must also start initial Officer training at Sandhurst before your 37th birthday.

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.

More about the joining process