|Initial pay after training||
£18,489 + Benefits
|Pay during training||
£14,931 + Benefits
|Initial pay after training|
27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.
The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
In the RAF
‘As a dental nurse, I’m part of the team that makes sure everyone is dentally fit – especially before they get deployed. The last thing you want is someone on the front line suffering from toothache.'
‘My days vary a lot. Sometimes I’ll be working in the surgery and setting it up ready for patients and other days I’ll be in reception making appointments. We’re responsible for the whole base, which means I get to meet everyone. That’s the fun, social side to my job.’
Jenny, Dental Nurse
Recruit Training (Phase 1)
Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
Specialist Training for unqualified Dental Nurse
The next step is a specialist training course, which lasts for 15 weeks, at Lichfield, Staffordshire. You will learn the tasks of a Dental Nurse and gain an understanding of dental equipment and materials; in addition, you will learn basic first aid skills. Included in the 15 weeks you will complete a 4 week clinical placement at an RAF Unit where you will put the theory and practical skills learned into practice. On completion of this formal course, you will be posted to your first dental centre where you will continue on your training your National Examining Board for Dental Nurses training pathway, completing your Record of Experience under the guidance of a nominated mentor and witness. In order to become a qualified Dental Nurse, you must achieve the National Diploma in Dental Nursing and be professionally registered with the General Dental Council. Unless you meet these criteria you will not be allowed to practice as a Dental Nurse and your retention in the Service will be reviewed. We aim to produce a caring, knowledgeable, competent and skilful Dental Nurse who accepts professional responsibility and appreciates the need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Specialist Training for qualified Dental Nurse
You must be registered with the General Dental Council before this training. Dental Nurses joining the RAF who already hold a professional qualification will comprise of one week Transition to Military Practice course. On completion of this formal course, you will be posted to your first dental centre where you will be inducted into the military under the guidance of your Practice Manager.
Additional Qualification Opportunities
Some Dental Nurses support military oral surgeons and orthodontists with an opportunity to gather additional clinical skills and qualifications which are all transferable once you return to civilian life.
Your First Tour
For your first tour, you’ll be posted to work within an experienced dental team. You’ll have a lot of contact with patients and develop a close working relationship with the other dental nurses, dentists, hygienists and other members of the dental team.
Your Future Career Prospects/Progression
You will initially join the RAF for a period of 12 years on a Notice Engagement. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass Basic Trade Training and a Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. When you reach the rank of Corporal you could work either in a dental practice as the practice supervisor, in a Regional Dental Headquarters or as a dental nurse instructor.
The skills and qualifications you can gain are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a job as a civilian Dental Nurse or Practice Manager.
Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.
After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.
GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) in English language and G (Grade 1 with effect from Aug 17) in Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in Mathematics.
Qualified Dental Nurses need to have current General Dental Council (GDC) registration. You will also need to have Enhanced DBS clearance.
If Unqualified you must fully research the training pathway leading to the NEBDN Diploma in dental nursing, the General Dental Council (GDC) Standards and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) before attending the specialist interview.
All RAF ground trade recruits (except Air Traffic Controller – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics to graduate from Recruit Training. Your first chance to pass these tests, if you don’t already have the necessary FS grades, will be at the Pre-Recruit Training Course. The level of FS qualifications you need to achieve depend on the trade you are applying for; as, Dental Nurse, you will need to pass the Level 1 FS tests in Mathematics and English.
Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.
You will also need to have Enhanced DBS clearance.
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To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.
Professional qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). You will need to be working currently as a Dental Nurse and have GCSE / SCEs at grade C / 3 in English Language and Mathematics.
21 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)