Dentists at smaller, Pacific bases?

Discussion in 'Military Dentistry' started by BuckyBoy_DDS, Jul 27, 2006.

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  1. BuckyBoy_DDS

    BuckyBoy_DDS Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 15, 2005
    Can you get deployed to some of the smaller Pacific bases in the Navy, such as Wake, Guam, Marianas, etc? Or are you limited to the larger bases?

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  3. dheav005

    dheav005 keepin' it movin' 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2005

    you prolly ought to email one of the dental detailers with a question like that. from my conversations with capt. connelly (the jr detailer) the answer is yes, but only after a GPR/AEGD. the navy will not just string out a fresh dentist without assistance. not good for the dentist, not good for the navy. it seems to be the GPR guys with trauma and hospital experience that are deployed into more isolated situations. hope this helps...
  4. milman

    milman 2+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    There is no naval base at Wake, check wikipedia. Are there dentists on Diego Garcia? How long would be your tour if you were assigned to a base like Diego Garcia or even a regular foreign base in Germany or Italy? If you have a 3yr service obligation, could you use 1yr to do a gpr residency and the other 2yrs to do a tour in Italy? Or if you have a 4yr obligation, could you do 1yr each at 4 different bases? Thanks.
  5. dheav005

    dheav005 keepin' it movin' 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2005
    capt. connelly told me that they send one GPR traing generalist to diego garcia for an unaccompanied one year tour. any overseas tour is at least two years due to the cost of moving personnel in and out of such a location.

    read your contract regarding whether or not the PGY-1 counts as a year payback or not. in my case, though my recruiter told me otherwise (and was just doing his job) the PGY-1 does not count as payback. it also does not, however count as another year that i owe. thus, it is a neutral year in terms of payback count. i would imagine that if you do not pursue any additional training with the branch of your choice, the chances of being on a drill and fill line at a processing base for the duration are exponentially increased. that is only an assumption, not substantiated by anything but my fevered imagination.
  6. burton117

    burton117 The Big Kahuna 10+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2004
  7. Tooth

    Tooth Orthodontist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 2005
    At OIS, I was told that there is a dental facility in Diego Garcia but you can't take your family with you. You can go there for a 12 mo. unaccompanied mission. They also said that it was unique because, if you go to Diego Garcia, you could do more schooling after your year there. So, you could do an AEGD, volunteer for Diego Garcia, and possibly then go for a specialty. If you want it, it's probably yours. Here is a list of Navy dental facilities that we were given as "available" overseas. An important note was that there are 5 times as many general dentist billets in Asia as Europe.

    Spain: Rota
    Hawaii: Pearl Harbor, Kancoche Bay
    Italy: Naples, Gaeta, La Maddalena, Sigonella
    Diego Garcia:
    Singapore (small):
    Cuba: Guantanamo Bay
    Japan: Sasebo, Atsugi, Yokosuka, Okinawa, Iwakuni

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