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Dentist and Dental Hygienist Careers

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USPHS Commissioned Corps Advancements/Promotions

Promotion is based on Training and Experience (T&E), Time in Grade and Time in Service. 

For example:
As an entry-level dentist, your undergraduate course work and dental school courses count as eight years of training credit. Therefore, if you have just graduated, you will receive eight years of training credit and 0 years of experience credit. This equals promotion eligibility to the temporary 0-3 grade.

Eligibility (for Promotion to Next Pay Grade) =
TRAINING + EXPERIENCE (in Years):
Pay Grade Total of Training + Experience
0-2 4 Years
0-3 8 Years
0-4 12 Years
0-5 17 Years
0-6 24 Years

 

For applicant with over four years of experience, please contact the dental recruiter (1-800-IHS-DENT or mailto:dentaljobs@ihs.gov) for more information regarding rank and promotion.

Note: Dentists with more than eight years in active-duty credit from another uniformed service should contact a dental recruiter (1-800-IHS-DENT or mailto:dentaljobs@ihs.gov) to discuss options.

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