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Dental Corps

The mission of the Dental Corps in peace is to ensure that each soldier is in optimal oral health and prepared to deploy without becoming a non-combat dental casualty. A secondary mission is to provide dental health care to family members and other eligible beneficiaries of the military community. In war, the mission of the Dental Corps is to conserve the fighting strength of soldiers by the restoration and preservation of oral health and function.

The Dental Corps is a special branch of the Army composed of commissioned officer who are graduates of dental school accredited by the American Dental Association . To practice dentistry, a dental officer must possess a DDS or DMD degree and a valid, current, unrestricted license.

The Dental Corps specialty, followed by the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) code is General Dentist, 63A.

Qualify for the Recruitment Bonus, Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), and Continuing Medical Education (CME).