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  1. abovepargolfer

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    Hi I was wondering if there was a list of Army Bases that we can look at. I understand that the lists will change based on availability but does anybody know where we can find a general list of Army Bases for dentistry?
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    There is no site or list for dentistry.

    This will give you the 85% answer at this website. If the location does not start out with 'Fort' in front of it - it is most likely not someplace you will go as a dentist and is not available. Exceptions to this rule that I can think of off hand are Fort Buchanan, Fort McNair, Fort Monmoth, Fort Hamilton, Fort McCoy, Carlisle Barracks, White Sands, Schofield Barracks, and Presidio Monterey.
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    Camp Zama ;)
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    We get to list our top choices for where to placed right? If so, how likely is it that I would get something in my top 3.
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    Don't expect to go to Hawaii. The Army will place you where they need you, and it usually isn't in the greatest places, which include Forts Polk, Sill, etc. People in my class went to Korea, Germany and a lot of other places CONUS.
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    I saw a list of forts and there's a handful of them that I wouldn't mind being stationed at. I think I could come up with a list of 10 forts. Don't I have somewhat of a choice of where I'm placed?
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    You are more then welcome to give them a list, but what typically happens is they will contact you with about 5 places that they need to fill and you get to choose which one of those is your first choice.
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    I'm Korean-American and can speak some Korean. Do you know if that will give me a better chance of stationing in Korea? How likely is it that I would get my first choice of the 5?
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    Not having been at HRC I can't tell you how language ability or other demographics play into assignments. Since our focus as providers is treating the American Soldiers and family members, language ability should not play a role into it.

    If they offer you a list of options and you pick 1 of them as your first choice, I would expect that you should get that. If you give them a list of yoru top 5 that are not from their list, I would anticipate the chance of you getting one of your top choices is low. If one of your picks doesn't have any openings, or if 10 other people want to go there - they can't just create spots. Also remember that the summer you come in, approximately 130-150 other individuals are coming in for the first time. Additionally there may be several other hundred people already in the Dental Corps moving to their next assignment. There are a lot of moving peices every year.
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    Thanks for the information. I commissioned with the Army, and am very happy to have gotten a scholarship. I'm really open minded about what the Army will need me to do for them and am not afraid of deployment or being sent to a few less than desirable locations. It would be nice, however, to have some control of where I'm sent. It looks like I have less control than my original understanding, but I'll have to deal with it.
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    I'm in the Army and got my 3rd choice for the 1-year AEGD. 3 Guys in my class who were in the Navy all got stationed at the same place and it was either their 3rd or 4th choice. So make sure you are happy with more than just your first choice.
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    Great advice Doctor Tooth. The important thing to remember is to set expectations. With so many people coming in and moving every year - you have to understand that not everyone gets their top pick.
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    You'll have a form you receive near graduation asking your top 3 places you'd like to be placed. But like the Matrix, it's the illusion of control ;)

    Generally speaking, all Army installations are called "posts", some of them are Forts, some of them are Camps, some of them are Barracks, etc.
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    Doctor Tooth, What were the AEGD locations you listed?? Just curious. Any compelling reasons why you chose the ones you did?? I have a list of 1-year AEGD locations but where are they all located from your memory.
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    Fort Sill - Oklahoma
    Fort Carson - Colorado
    Fort Lewis - Washington state
    Fort Campbell - Tenessee/Kentucky border
    Fort Benning - Georgia
    Fort Jackson - South Carolina
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    After being stationed at a base (not during deployment), how much time does one have to wait until he or she can request a transfer to a different base?
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    New assignments typically come every 3-4 yrs.
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    What are the pros/cons of these bases/locations? What about Fort Sam Houston or Louisville for Ortho? Fort Gordon for Endo/Pros/Perio?

    Also, what are the chances of staying at the same base after doing a residency there?
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    Pros/Cons are in the eye of the beholder. Look into where the areas are located as well as what things are important to you (shopping centers, access to interstate, airports, family, weather, etc...)

    The chance of staying someplace after residency is usually slim unless you are asked to remain behind as one of the staff for the residency program which does occasionally happen, but it would not be something that I would be planning on.
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    Krmower...in your opinion where are some of your favorite/least favorite bases/cities and why?
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    Some of my HPSP friends are trying to end up at smaller posts because they think they'll have a greater scope of practice with less specialists. Whether or not this is the case probably depends more on the OIC and the current mission, but that's their idea. Others just want to be near family, while others want to go to Germany.

    In the end, I feel it's just best to expect the worst and be flexible.
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    I am from the west, so any base in Arizona (Huachuca), Colorado (Carson) or California (Monteray, Irwin) would put my family within a days drive of our family and be good for our situation. Hawaii is nice unless your kids are in school because the school system is not good. Any base in Virginia is great (Lee, Belvoir, Myer, Eustis, Story, or Pentagon) and the school systems in N. Va are awesome, and there are good ones at the other locations too if you look around (I have been at Myer, Belvoir, OTSG, and Lee).

    I have been assigned to 5 different bases (3 in N. Va) in my 11 years, so that is the limit of my personal knowledge although I have had the opportunity to visit 19 bases around the country on TDYs.

    I still stand by my other statements that YMMV. Any base small or large can be great. It will come down to who your boss is, the type of patients/population you serve, and what you like to do. Any of those factors can vary and change, so might the appeal of any one location over time.

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