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Be a Dentist in one of the most exciting and unusual surgeries in the world – the NZ Army.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Medical and Health
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    09 January, 2022
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About the role

As a Dental Officer in the New Zealand Army, you will provide oral health care to NZDF military personnel.

If you have referred to the minimum entry requirements below, but would like more information on this role please email

Job on base

As part of the oral health team, your role will involve the effective and timely delivery of quality oral health care to patients, and providing clinical supervision and mentoring to other members of the team.

Job on deployment

Oral health teams can be deployed within New Zealand and overseas to support NZDF personnel on operational missions and exercises. This includes forensic odontology as part of disaster victim identification.

Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic Training

Ongoing Training

As a Dental Officer in the New Zealand Army, you will receive comprehensive training to allow you to effectively lead teams, in all kinds of situations. You will be taught how to handle weapons, and receive adventure and outdoor training. There are also opportunities to further your professional development and the possibility of further tertiary study.

Initial Induction Training (IIT) – Jan/Mar

(8 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp

All direct entry NZ Army Officer Cadets and selected individuals are required to complete IIT. This full-time course will introduce potential officers to the standards and discipline required to be an effective member of the New Zealand Army. It is designed to train basic individual military skills which includes:

  • Self-leadership
  • Physical Training
  • Field-craft
  • Military Unarmed Combat
  • Weapon handling
  • Navigation
  • Drill
  • Battle-craft
  • Radio telephone procedure

Individuals wishing to conduct IIT need to be motivated, adaptable, resilient, physically fit and have a desire to be an effective leader within the New Zealand Defence Force.

Specialist Officer Induction Course (SOIC) – Mar/Apr

(6 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp

This course is designed for personnel who are employed by the New Zealand Army for their specialist skills. Specialist officers are required to complete this course in their first year of employment. Those enlisting into the Territorial Force will have the option of completing the course in two modules in consecutive years. Students will learn how to utilise ad integrate their specialist skills within the context of the New Zealand Army. This course provides an introduction to the military skills required of Specialist Officers which includes:

  • Basic field-craft
  • Weapon handling
  • NZ Army Ethos and Values
  • Leadership
  • NZ Army tactics

There are opportunities to further your professional development and tertiary study.

After initial employment and training the NZ Army may provide funding and study leave for Dental Officers to complete further professional study for a number of different courses including post graduate clinical doctorates and diplomas.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.


Registered Graduate


Registered Specialist


Higher Rank

Military Factor

All full time members of the NZ Defence Force receive an added portion to their salary known as Military Factor. This additional compensation recognises the unique nature of military service and the commitment you make to serve your country. This can include short notice postings around the country and overseas. You will be directed at times to be continuously alert, undertake arduous and hazardous duties, and be exposed to adverse working environments exclusive to military life. This also includes the exercise of military skills not recognised by market comparisons. The part you play in our Defence Force and your commitment to our country will be financially rewarded.

Free medical and dental

5 weeks annual leave

Access to additional compensation and housing allowances

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Defence discounts at selected stores and services

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.

Qualified Dentist, registered with the Dental Council of NZ (or in final year of dental studies).

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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