In addition to providing an ideal living environment, the Army offers the following personal rewards as well that many civilian doctors may have to pay for at a premium:
30 days of vacation with pay earned annually
No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
Attractive retirement benefits after 20 years of qualifying service
Thrift Savings Plan — a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment fund similar to a 401(k)
There are more benefits to being part of the U.S. Army health care team than you think. Benefits that can advance your skills and knowledge, shape your perspective, and provide you a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle.
Whether you choose the U.S. Army as your career or serve in the U.S. Army Reserve while maintaining your existing practice, you’ll enter as a commissioned Officer. The health care lifestyle will give you respect, responsibility and prestige that are afforded your rank.
- Dental Officer Accession Bonus of $75,000
- Variable Specialty Pay of $3,000 to $12,000 annually, based on length of service
- Board Certified Pay of $2,500 to $6,000 annually for board-certified dentists
- Dental Additional Special Pay of $4,000 to $15,000, based on creditable service
- Dental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus of $13,000 to $50,000 annually, based on specialty and length of contract
- Provides up to $120,000 to pay down qualifying dental school loans through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $40,000 per year for three years
- Special Pay of $75,000 for general dentists, comprehensive dentists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons, paid in yearly increments of $25,000 for three years
- Dental school loan repayment of up to $50,000 over three years through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $20,000 per year for the first two years and $10,000 the third year