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Dental Officer
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Dental Officer

Lead a dental team in the UK or deployed overseas to maintain the routine and emergency dental care of our personnel and maintain our operational capability.

HealthcareAdventureHumanitarian aidMedicalSciences
  • £80,000 - £150,000
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Medical
  • Officer level

At a glance

Being a Dental Officer in the Royal Navy means delivering world-class care in challenging environments to the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day. It's a massive task that's unlike anything you would do anywhere else.
A Royal Navy Dental Officer at work.
I thought qualifying as a Dentist was the hardest thing I’d ever do, but I was wrong. Since I joined the Royal Navy I’ve been challenged more than I imagined possible – it’s been really rewarding.


Dental Officer

Role details

What you’ll do

Being a Dental Officer in the Royal Navy means using your skills outside the confines of a civilian surgery and taking charge of the primary dental healthcare for an entire ship’s company.

If it sounds like a massive task, that’s because it is, but you’ll have the support of a dedicated team, including a Dental Hygienist and a Dental Nurse. Together, you’ll make a vital contribution to the wellbeing of the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day.

And you’ll do it all over the world, from the shore bases in the UK, to warships in the Caribbean.

Your role

  • You’ll work on large warships, including our state-of-the-art Type 45 Destroyers, where you’ll have a fully-fitted dental surgery and access to the sick bay’s operating theatre and ward facilities. On smaller ships, you’ll manage the portable dental unit that travels with you.
  • Join at a rank that reflects your experience, and take the opportunity to complete specialist training in areas such as periodontics or endodontics. You’ll also develop your management and leadership skills through our world-class courses and mentoring schemes.
  • Even the smallest dental problem can have a serious effect on the morale of a crew member and the effectiveness of the wider ship’s company. You’ll work with your team to complete preventative dentistry and deal with a full range of clinical problems, in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable.
  • Outside your practice, you’ll have a vital operational role to play. You could find yourself in a combat or disaster zone, where you’ll need to put flight-deck control, firefighting and advanced life support training to use.

Pay & benefits

  • £80,000 minimum salary from day one
  • Opportunities to study for specialist qualifications such as periodontics or endodontics
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for qualifications is specialisms such as periodontics and endodontics
  • Gain fully accredited professional and academic qualifications during your professional training

Skills you'll develop

  • How to be a leader and apply your knowledge in challenging conditions
  • Opportunities to specialise in major disciplines


  • You must be between 18 and 54 years old, and under 45 if you still need professional training
  • 5 grades A*-C (9-4) Including grade 6 (B) or above in English Language and Maths
  • Cadetships are available for your final three years at a UK dental school (not including your intercalation year)
  • To join directly you’ll need a dentistry degree and full General Dental Council registration
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth Citizen or Dual National
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • An ambitious, passionate dental professional
  • A confident leader
  • Always calm under pressure
  • Have a spirit of adventure

Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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