- U.S. native or naturalized citizen
- Less than 44years of age (this may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time)*
- Less than 8years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps*
- Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements
* The process to become a commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age, prior service or civil service maximums during the application process should be aware that waivers are not generally approved.
D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Current, unrestricted, and valid dental license to practice in one of the 50 states; Washington, DC; Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands; or Guam.
*If you recently graduated from dental school and do not yet have a state dental license, you may still apply to the Commissioned Corps. If you qualify, your call to active duty will occur after you have provided documentation of a current, unrestricted, and valid state dental license.