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Joining the military dental corps at 48 y.o., am I insane?

dillyding

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I've started dental school later in my life and I will be in 48y.o. by the time I graduate. I know it sounds crazy but I'd like to join the military dental corps to pay back my loans and hopefully complete residency. For those of you who's served or serving as a military dentist, have you seen older people like me? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Saddleshoes

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Your age is a problem!
It takes a waiver to join the military after age 35.
At the moment the military is dialing down on dentists. I am guessing a waiver for a 48 year old dentist is going to be very unlikely these days.
Sorry,
 
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need to talk to a recruiter to get specifics. The oldest person I met at COT was a prior E who was maybe 35

but all branches are struggling to get rid of dentists. slots are decreasing, direct accession is a thing of the past, and retention bonuses are being stripped. if this is your dream go for it, but it'd help to diversify a little imo
 

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need to talk to a recruiter to get specifics. The oldest person I met at COT was a prior E who was maybe 35

but all branches are struggling to get rid of dentists. slots are decreasing, direct accession is a thing of the past, and retention bonuses are being stripped. if this is your dream go for it, but it'd help to diversify a little imo

Do you feel this is cyclical or a permanent thing? My understanding is the Air Force Reserve and Navy Reserve are not taking any direct commissions right now.
 

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I've started dental school later in my life and I will be in 48y.o. by the time I graduate. I know it sounds crazy but I'd like to join the military dental corps to pay back my loans and hopefully complete residency. For those of you who's served or serving as a military dentist, have you seen older people like me? Any advice would be appreciated.
I am in the process of applying to the Army and I am 47yrs old. I don't need a loan repayment. I am considering this as a option at this point in my life. Not sure if its a good idea. But going through the process. I graduated 16 yrs ago. Am I insane?
 
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