InformMe123

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Particularly asking for the Army residency, but is it usually recommended (or even encouraged) for someone straight from dental school to enter the 2 year comprehensive dentist program? Or would it be better for the student to do the 1 year AEGD or work as GP in the Army first? Or is the 1 year AEGD redudant if wanting to do the 2 year AEGD? I want to get the most out of these programs so would like to hear what would be best.

A side question I have is I heard of the 63R Executive Dentist MOS, what exactly is this and how is it different from the 63B Comprehensive Dentist?
 

AirborneDentist

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Hello,

63R is a position that any dentist may fill, not specific to the specialty. An example is a commander.

Your first question is a difficult one to answer without having more information.

How long are you planning on staying in?

Do you want to do the "fun army stuff" such as going airborne, going to a brigade/SF slot, etc?


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Lophodont

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If you do the two year aegd then then the army considers you a specialist. You may not easily apply to another specialty through the army.
 
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krmower

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I did it straight out of school and am glad I did. As Lophodont mentioned, you can specialize a 2nd time after you have been a comp dentist for at least 5 years.
 
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I did it straight out of school and am glad I did. As Lophodont mentioned, you can specialize a 2nd time after you have been a comp dentist for at least 5 years.
If you don't mind me asking, are you currently thinking of specializing on top of your comp dentistry?
 
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InformMe123

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Hello,

63R is a position that any dentist may fill, not specific to the specialty. An example is a commander.

Your first question is a difficult one to answer without having more information.

How long are you planning on staying in?

Do you want to do the "fun army stuff" such as going airborne, going to a brigade/SF slot, etc?


Eric
I'm not honestly sure how long I would like to stay in, guess wanna see how much I would like being in the military as a dentist, but what some of that fun army stuff looks interesting to try, what is the relation with that to doing the 2 year AEGD?

Also, I was curious, does a 63B dentist have more opportunities to go abroad to OCONUS stations compared to 63A?
 

krmower

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Typically once you specialize you are not able to be a part of Special Forces or the Combat Brigades. If you specialize you can still be eligible to do Airborne, Air Assault, EFMB, etc... as you Commander allows.

More opportunities to go overseas as a general dentist then as a comprehensive dentist. The ratio to comp dentists to general dentist is much lower as they are considered a specialty.
 
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