Practice in the Military

If you’re going to practice in the military, this checklist can be used to guide your transition and develop a plan of action. Be sure to click on each action item below for more information and supporting resources.

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Please note: This checklist is for your informational use and not intended to replace the advice of professional advisors and specialists, including, but not limited to, attorneys and certified public accountants.

Contact a local recruiter for either the United States Army, Navy or Air Force
  • Learn about current programs, eligibility, commitment, and application process
  • Discuss vacancies as well as required tests, exams, and documentation

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Meet basic entrance requirements
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • A graduate of an accredited dental school
  • Provide proof of license to practice in home state
  • Fall between minimum and maximum age requirements (may vary for each military branch)
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination
  • Pass a background check and drug screening
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years in active duty (may vary for each military branch)
Gather enough information to make an informed decision if and when you receive acceptance
  • What is the length of the agreement?
  • What are the terms and conditions of the agreement?
  • What compensation and benefits are included?
  • Where is the assignment located?
  • Other considerations include: advancement process, on-base housing, family support, etc.
Sign the contract when all questions or concerns have been resolved
Prepare for commissioned officer training (designed to ease transition in military life)

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