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Dental Officer

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Job description: Practise dentistry at one of our bases in the UK – or overseas, supporting our troops on detachment

Pay after training: £54,500

Joining age: 19 – 55

Category: Officers

Usual service: 6 years

Open to: men or women

Similar civilian jobs:

  • Dental surgeon
  • Dentist

Qualifications you need: Professional. Plus GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths

Qualifications you can gain: MJDF, MSc

Nationality: Citizen of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or a Commonwealth citizen since birth


The job

You can join the RAF as a fully qualified dentist, having already undertaken your vocational training, or you can do your vocational training in one of our practices and at Defence Dental Services. If you do your training with the RAF, you’ll also do a four-week phase at one of our overseas bases where you will treat Service families. You’ll spend most of your career at dental practices on our bases in the UK – but you may also have the opportunity to work abroad for short periods.

After vocational training you’ll have the opportunity to study for the MJDF, and later you may be selected to study for an MSc in a dental discipline or use your postgraduate qualifications as a vocational trainer.


If you want to join the RAF as a Dental Officer but aren’t yet qualified, we may be able to fund your studies until you’re ready to start training with us.

As a degree student, you can apply for a University Bursary of £4,000 a year for your first two years of study, and a University Cadetship of £14,500–£18,150 per year for the last three years of your degree. You can also receive an allowance for tuition fees and books.

In return, we ask you to become a member of the nearest University Air Squadron (UAS) and to join the RAF once you’ve graduated from university.

As well as financial support, being a member of the UAS gives you the opportunity to get first-hand experience of the challenges you’ll face working with our people, technology and aircraft – and we’ll also give you free flying experience.


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