Zinedine16

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Hi all,
I have not decided whether I should go for Army or Navy and I would like to hear from your opinions of pros and cons for each branches HPSP dentistry.
I would appreciate it.

Thank you
 

Destiny11

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Hi all,
I have not decided whether I should go for Army or Navy and I would like to hear from your opinions of pros and cons for each branches HPSP dentistry.
I would appreciate it.

Thank you
Navy folks have it easier in terms of assignments and locations. Oversea locations (think of past wars): Army=Korea, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii. Navy=Japan, Italy, Hawaii. Navy do have more uniform to keep track of though. Most Navy specialists do not deploy. Army offers slightly more opportunities to specialize, especially right out of school. The missions are simple: Army are the boots on the ground and are there to fight the ground war. Navy maintains the open seas, supports the Marines, and humanitarian missions. Your mission: support these folks and get them ready for the mission.
 

Hedgy

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Navy folks have it easier in terms of assignments and locations. Oversea locations (think of past wars): Army=Korea, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii. Navy=Japan, Italy, Hawaii. Navy do have more uniform to keep track of though. Most Navy specialists do not deploy. Army offers slightly more opportunities to specialize, especially right out of school. The missions are simple: Army are the boots on the ground and are there to fight the ground war. Navy maintains the open seas, supports the Marines, and humanitarian missions. Your mission: support these folks and get them ready for the mission.
I joined the Navy because they have the best uniforms ;).
 

gatorfan99

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Oranges and apples... Army has fewer uniforms to worry about (a plus in my book), we also can get stationed in Hawaii... When it comes to locations, remember all services have great locations and all services have "not so good" locations.


Edit: Oh yeah, also our patients (service members) are awesome and generally all around great to people to meet and care for << why I'm always annoyed when I see people ask about HPSP only caring about money and not thinking about service for our country
 

vellnueve

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Navy folks have it easier in terms of assignments and locations. Oversea locations (think of past wars): Army=Korea, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii. Navy=Japan, Italy, Hawaii. Navy do have more uniform to keep track of though. Most Navy specialists do not deploy. Army offers slightly more opportunities to specialize, especially right out of school. The missions are simple: Army are the boots on the ground and are there to fight the ground war. Navy maintains the open seas, supports the Marines, and humanitarian missions. Your mission: support these folks and get them ready for the mission.
We also have Guam, Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Rota, and Singapore. Important to remember that Navy GPs deploy even in absence of war, as do Comp dentists, some prosthodontists, and of course OMFS.
 
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vellnueve

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Nearly impossible if you're junior.
 
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InformMe123

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Can anyone comment on how to specialize in either branch straight from dental school? I believe I had read that it would be easier to specialize straight from dental school through the navy while the army you would have to wait one year later working as a general dentist before specializing. Can anyone confirm this?
 

gatorfan99

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Yup, you will do a "snowbird" year before going into a specialty in the Army.

Why would you want to specialize right away? As a future specialist you are much better served knowing (at least a little) what its like to be a general dentist before diving deep into your area... just my 2 cents (from personal experience).

Edit: Another "bonus" in that "snowbird year" is that you get a little break from school (nice 8hr/day job + 30 days of vacation + lots of holidays..), potentially helping you not burn out during specialty training

Edit #2: Oh yeah, Navy sucks :)