We have 58 dentists in
our 30 clinics, which are located mainly along the Atlantic, Gulf, and
Pacific Coasts, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Most of our
clinics are small and dental officers provide a full range of services,
including operative, endodontics, periodontics, exodontia, prosthodontics,
and limited orthodontics. Most patients are active duty members of the Coast
Guard or other military services. Very few of our clinics provide dental
care for geriatric or pediatric patients.
There are professional opportunities for long-term training. Primarily, we
send dental officers to a two-year Comprehensive Dentistry residency. Other
residencies may be available based on the needs of the Coast Guard’s dental
We have the highest retention rate of dentists of all the uniformed
services. We also welcome dental officers who would like to transfer from
other PHS agencies or uniformed services.
If you are interested in joining our program, you must first be commissioned
by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). Information about commissioning
can be obtained by calling the USPHS at (800) 279-1605 or by visiting their
web site at http://www.usphs.gov.
Once commissioned, you will then be assigned to a Coast Guard dental clinic.
There is a $75K accession (commissioning) bonus if you agree to serve for 4
years. You are also eligible for an annual dental special pay bonus of $10K
to $15K. For assistance with your USPHS application please contact CAPT
Anita Arnold at
202.475-5186 or email at
For further information on the
Coast Guard dental program please contact:
CAPT Donald C. Belcher, USPHS
Chief Dental Officer
United States Coast Guard (CG-1122)
2100 2ND ST SW, STOP 7902
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7902