Dentists

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.



Dentist during patient visit

Get the dental career you want. As a dental officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, you can focus on clinical practice without the overhead and other burdens of maintaining a business. Every day will offer new challenges as you bring oral health care and education to underserved and disadvantaged patients who need it most. As part of a national team of committed health care professionals, you'll enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while improving the health of the Nation.

“Leadership, service, integrity, and excellence; these are the core values by which the members of the dental category of the USPHS serve our Nation. My belief is that there are no finer men and women than the officers of the dental category. They chose to serve because they care about individuals, families, communities, and populations; about prevention, wellness, and quality of life; and about making the United States and the world a healthier place. We hope that you will join us. Discover a career that offers rich life experiences and is both personally and professionally rewarding.”

REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM BAILEY
Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Dental Officer
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 2/3/2014