Officer Accessions
The Officer Dental Corps


Consider the following:

    It takes a professional to treat patients effectively, efficiently and with empathy. You are in this field because you have a desire to help others and enjoy practicing your specialty. Why not take your passion for dentistry and transform it into service to your country and community?
  • You will work with other dedicated dental professionals as part of a team dedicated to conserving the fighting strength of the Army National Guard. In addition to a generous benefits package, you will have the opportunity to further your education through continuing education courses, seminars and conferences.
  • Becoming a Guard Dentist gives you a cumulative experience unmatched anywhere in the civilian world. As a member of the Army National Guard, you will experience full-time sense of accomplishment with a part-time commitment to serving your country and community.


To qualify for an Officer appointment in the Army National Guard Dental Corps, you must:

  • Meet the prescribed medical and moral standards for appointment as a commissioned Officer;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be a graduate of an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited dental school in the U.S.
  • Have a current unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state of the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or a territory of the United States;
  • Be between 21 and 48 years old (dentists 48 years of age or older may apply for an age waiver);
  • Be able to obtain a secret security clearance.

Additional Benefits you deserve:

  • Dentists enter at the minimum grade of Captain (O-3).
  • Variable Special Pays - Eligible for monthly payments, based on years of creditable service and specialty.
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) - Eligible for one CME event during the training year (not to exceed $2,500).
  • Funding for attendance at one event per year (with limitations) in an IDT/AT status.
  • Flexible Training Policy - Eligible to serve in a capacity other than IDT weekend drill. Authorizes split training attendance at professional conferences, etc.
  • Healthcare Bonuses and Loan Repayment.


As a Dental Student in the Army National Guard, there are many ways you can serve and earn money during your four years of dental school:

  • Drill pay;
  • Montgomery GI Bill;
  • Flexible training and clinical programs to complement your curriculum;
  • Direct commission to the rank of Second Lieutenant, with a promotion to the rank of Captain upon graduation;
  • Specialized Training Assistance Program - a monthly stipend program.