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Hey guys, i was looking into the army airforce health professional scholarship program for dental students, where they pay for tuition and fees, and give a monthly stipend. In return we have to work in their facility for the no. of years equivalent for the no. of years of scholarship.

Does anyone have more information about the program, Or know anyone who is in the program who can help me out? As to how the army or airforce facilities are, and how much do u actually make working there and stuff like that..:confused:

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Hey guys, i was looking into the army airforce health professional scholarship program for dental students, where they pay for tuition and fees, and give a monthly stipend. In return we have to work in their facility for the no. of years equivalent for the no. of years of scholarship.

Does anyone have more information about the program, Or know anyone who is in the program who can help me out? As to how the army or airforce facilities are, and how much do u actually make working there and stuff like that..:confused:

thanks guys!

I don't know specifically about the army or airforce scholarships but I am going to be doing the Navy program and I think that it is very similar to the other military branches.

Basically they will pay your full tuition and whatever books or equipment you are required to have by your dental school. They also give you a stipend of around $1300 a month.

I don't know about the army/ airforce facilities, but the Navy ones were GREAT, top notch and state of the art. I think w/ the housing/ food allowances included you end up making around $80,000 a year for the 4 years you owe them afterwards not to mention you are debt free and have many great specializing opportunities if you are interested in that.

Hope this helps, PM me if you want any more info.
 

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yea everything is basically the same no matter the branch. they all pay for the same things, same stipend, facilities are all top of the line, etc. the only difference is where you will be going after dental school...whether it be on a base, a ship, wherever...but bottom line, its all the same..just a matter of which one you want to do. I'm going AF b/c many of my family have in the past and I know what the AF offers. Keep in mind the scholarships are competitive and their numbers (at least for the AF) have gone up while availability has gone way down. So make up your mind fast and get the ball rolling ASAP.
 
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Public health does the same thing...benefit being you dont have to leave the country and you get paid as a normal entry leven dentist while serving your time...of course you do have to pick up and move your family to less desireable places.
 

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Public health does the same thing...benefit being you dont have to leave the country and you get paid as a normal entry leven dentist while serving your time...of course you do have to pick up and move your family to less desireable places.

And the public health scholarships are RIDICULOUSLY more competitive because of these reasons
 

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Where can information about the Public Health Scholarships be found?? Anyone have any more info?
 

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I dont know about how much more "ridiculously" competitive the public health programs are...but I do not that, for the air force at least, there are only 35 4 yr scholarships going out this year...if there's less than that for PH....good luck to those going for it!!
 

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Pick the Navy if you are thinking between army or navy... I hear the Bases are much better and better chance of staying stateside.

Just a little info I picked up from a Navy recruiter... so I don't actually know how reliable it is.
 

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Pick the Navy if you are thinking between army or navy... I hear the Bases are much better and better chance of staying stateside.

Just a little info I picked up from a Navy recruiter... so I don't actually know how reliable it is.

yea i think that's a pretty safe bet...I was going back and forth b/t Navy and Air Force. But went w/ AF simply b/c i have family members in the air force..officers and enlisted..so i know what to expect there...but as I said earlier..if you're going to do this..do it NOW...b/c spots are going fast
 

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Hey Ukti,

I tried responding to your PM but your mailbox is full...here are some of the answers to your questions:

Ukti said:
thanks for reply. what u said is basically what the army officer told me. However I was told that in army the pay is based on ur rank, so that would be a 'captain' after four years of dental school, and the base pay for that is abt 50-60,000, which is what the govt. is going to tax us on, the rest is the living housing, food expenses and medical and dental care that will be paid which he said adds up to abt 80-100,000/year. is that how it is in navy?

and how much med/dent coverage do you get?

where do you have to work after graduation, civilian clinic, or navy owned clinics? and what are those places within us? do you have the freedom to choose the place? and also do they may you move whever in the 4 years that you are working for them?

do they let u defer active duty if you want to specialize?

um..i have heard that air force makes their student do a one year of residency in general dentistry (AGED) does navy make u do that too?

lol..i hope i haven't killed you with questions, but I am really confused as to if i should sign up or not..
I really appreciate ur help! :)


Yes, that is basically the housing breakdown for the Navy as well, except that you would end up getting paid more money than a regular officer of your same rank because you are a professional (dentist) and will get bonuses that the others will not.

I am pretty sure that the med/dent insurance is covered in full for you and your family once you get out of dental school. It is covered through Tricare, and is really pretty darn good coverage.

After graduation, you give a detailer a few choices of where you would like to be stationed and will be set up accordingly (the San Diego bases were REALLY nice). You also have the option of being stationed at a Marine base. Keep in mind that there is always a chance that you will be deployed...I don't know about the army but it really kind of sounds like fun to be deployed in the Navy because the send you out on one of their huge ships for a few month, where you are basically in charge of all the people on board's dental health. Other than deployment, I think that it is typical that you can be moved around once every three years.

If you have the grades for it in dental school then yes, they will let you specialize and will even pay for it (however you will then owe them more years)...you also end up making more money if you specialize. They have a really great school for this in Bethesda, MD or you can go wherever you want.

You don't have to do the AEGD...it is an incentive though as it is a really, really great program.

I hope that this helps. If I were you I would contact your recruiter and see if he can take you to one of the bases to tour the dental clinics and also to meet and talk with some of the dentists. All of the dentists that I spoke with LOVED it and were considerably more happy w/ Navy dentistry than they were w/ the civilian sector.

Good Luck!!!
 

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How many people apply for the service (navy, army, etc) scholarship vs number awarded? I am kind of interested. Public health was 1/6. Also, I have a wife...what is the possibility of us living together where I work? What if we have a kid in Dental school...do they have daycare at these locations?
 

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You don't have to do the AEGD...it is an incentive though as it is a really, really great program.

Why is that exactly? My recruiter was really promoting this AEGD program, but I still fail to see the true benefit of the program. I'm sure it prepares you better for the clinical aspects of dentistry, but it does keep you from completing your active duty requirements sooner doesn't it?
 

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Why is that exactly? My recruiter was really promoting this AEGD program, but I still fail to see the true benefit of the program. I'm sure it prepares you better for the clinical aspects of dentistry, but it does keep you from completing your active duty requirements sooner doesn't it?

You are right...it does keep you from completing your active duty requirments sooner. I think that for some people, depending on the school they went to, they may not have had huge amounts of clinical experience and might not be ready to practice dentistry at a level that they feel competant. The AEGD program gives them an opportunity to "practice" a variety of different procedures before being completely on their own (ones they may not have done much in dental school). All of the dentists that I have talked to really recomend this program and were very happy with it. I think it is really a personal preferance whether you want to do it or not.
 

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How many people apply for the service (navy, army, etc) scholarship vs number awarded? I am kind of interested. Public health was 1/6. Also, I have a wife...what is the possibility of us living together where I work? What if we have a kid in Dental school...do they have daycare at these locations?

I am not sure about what the exact number of applicants to people accepted is. They don't pay you money to support a family while in dental school, but afterwards you would get an increased housing and food allowance based on the number of people in your family. Yes your wife would be able to live with you and I do believe that they have child care available...soooo many people in the military have kids. However, if you are deployed your family would not be able to go with you....but I think that this is for no more that 6 months at a time.
 

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Why is that exactly? My recruiter was really promoting this AEGD program, but I still fail to see the true benefit of the program. I'm sure it prepares you better for the clinical aspects of dentistry, but it does keep you from completing your active duty requirements sooner doesn't it?

Yea it prevents you from completing the requirements, but it not only prepares you better for your years in the military..it's also a big time advantage when you come out. Also, they do it b/c there are places you could be stationed that dont have specialists and YOU have to do the procedures...anything opportunity for some killer experience. I def. plan on going to the AF AEGD program...if you go on any military HPSP..its definitely worth it.
 

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Anybody remember if you get taxed on the stipend?? i keep forgetting and I can't seem to get a hold of my recruiter. It's still $1319 right?..not including the extra 1.5 months of officers pay? and goes up a little bit each june?
 

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Beware! I know someone who did the army scholarship and although they said "you would never go to iraq..." guess where's he's been for the last couple of years...IRAQ with mortars flying over his base etc. It's not all it's cracked up to be. Yes u get experience and a stipend but when you get out of school you make less than you would as a civilian. But if you are prepared to sign up for the army during war time good luck to you!
 
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