The Coast Guard has 53 dentists in 30 Coast Guard clinics, which are located
mainly along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific Coasts, including Alaska,
Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Coast Guard 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.
There are professional opportunities for long-term training. Primarily,
dental officers are sent to a two-year Comprehensive Dentistry residency.
Other residencies may be available based on the needs of the Coast Guard’s
The Coast Guard dental program has the highest retention rate of dentists of
all the uniformed services. Dental officers who would like to transfer from
other PHS agencies or uniformed services are welcome to apply.
Dentists that are interested in joining the Coast Guard dental program 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. Information regarding opportunities for dentists
serving with the Coast Guard can be found via the following link:
Once commissioned, incoming dental officers will be assigned to a Coast
Guard dental clinic. There is an accession bonus of $75K to all qualified
dentists who execute a contract to serve on active duty for four years.
Dental officers are also eligible for an annual dental special pay bonus of
$10K to $15K. For assistance with the USPHS application please contact CAPT
Anita Arnold at 202-475-5186 or email at
further information on the Coast Guard dental program please contact:
CAPT Donald C. Belcher, USPHS
Attn: Chief Dental Officer (CG-1122)
United States Coast Guard Stop 7907
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20593-7907