Medical and medical support

Dental Officer

Dental Officers provide a complete range of dental care treatments. Their quality work helps keep all RAF personnel smiling, whether they’re recruits on basic training or fast jet pilots.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Conduct dental screenings and regular checks
  • Carry out advanced clinical solutions for complicated dental problems
  • Provide a range of simple treatments like fillings and cleanings

Similar civilian roles include Dental surgeon or Dentist.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Dental Officer in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£53,800 + Benefits

Pay during training

£25,727 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

6 Years

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

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.

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
612 Sqn Leuchars Station, Fife (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Neville, Dental Officer

In the RAF

My Role

‘I was sponsored by the RAF through my dentistry qualification at Liverpool University and now I’m doing my postgraduate training as well as treating patients day to day in the practice.

There’s a lot of training available through the RAF – from lectures and practicals to BScs and MScs – so people are often very highly qualified when they leave.’

My Day

‘Here at RAF Lyneham, my work’s just like a normal high street dentist really, with routine check ups and emergency appointments throughout the day. I’m also responsible for some of the staff in the practice.’

Neville, Dental Officer

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Officer Training

Like all our specialist branch officers, you will begin your RAF career on the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow an 13-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF.  The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

Specialist Training

Experienced dentists go straight to their first posting after the SERE course.  But, if you join the RAF as a newly qualified dentist, you will follow a 12-month, nationally-recognized Dental Foundation Training Programme, working with a highly-experienced, fully-accredited trainer.  Within this tri-service programme there are regular block-release modules which are normally held in the Aldershot area - either at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre, Keogh Barracks or Dental Centre, Aldershot.

Foundation Tour

For your first tour, you will be posted to a multi-chair practice to work with an experienced dentist.  You will be fully trained and supported to practice dentistry to the highest standards.  Comprehensive clinical governance, including quality assurance and practice audit, are built into RAF working practices – and once you are experienced you will have clinical freedom to give your patients the best possible care, whilst maximising RAF resources.

Your Career Prospects

You will join the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant on an Initial Commission of 6 years and you will be eligible to be considered for promotion to Squadron Leader after 4 years accredited service (time spent in civilian practice may count towards seniority). If everything goes well, and you would like to extend, you can apply for selection for a pension earning commission of 20 years service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Further promotion, to the rank of Wing Commander and beyond, is by competitive selection and you may apply for your commission to be extended until the age of 60.

Ongoing Development

All our Dental Officers undertake at least 10 sessions of postgraduate education each year and you will be encouraged to study for the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF) qualification. As your career develops; you will also be able to work towards further postgraduate qualifications, e.g. Masters Degrees, and qualify as enhanced general practitioners in disciplines such as periodontology and advanced conservation. Professional training pathways leading to consultant status are also funded by the Ministry of Defence to meet our clinical requirements.

Transferable skills

As a Dental Officer in the RAF, you will have all the development opportunities and career prospects available to your civilian counterparts, together with the chance to work around the world and gain unique dental and personal experiences. Most Dental Officers go into civilian practice when they decide to leave the RAF

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Reserve Officer Initial Training

After basic training, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond. 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must be qualified to practise dentistry and be fully registered with the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom.

You should also have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 in English Language and Mathematics or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Age:

  • 21 - 53

Application Requirement

In order to apply for this role please complete this CV form in addition to your application.

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You must be qualified to practise dentistry and be fully registered with the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom.

You should also have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 in English Language and Mathematics or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve