Dental Officers in the Royal Army Dental Corps provide dental care to soldiers both in the UK and when they are deployed all over the world. In this article Major Fiona Cunningham discusses how you could establish a career with the RADC.


Major Fiona Cunningham | BDS, MJDF

Royal Army Dental Officer


Ijoined the Army in 2009 after qualifying from the University of Sheffield. I did my foundation training in a military dental practice before undergoing officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

I was posted to a base in Germany, where I provided dental care for soldiers and their families. I took part in training exercises there, and in Kenya, Cyprus and the Netherlands. Later on I was deployed to Afghanistan, where I worked in Camp Bastion and in Kandahar Province.

What does a career in the RADC involve?

As an officer in the RADC, you’ve effectively got two jobs. You’re a dentist, working either on a military base or on deployment, and you’re an Army officer. This means you command a dental team made up of non-commissioned officers and civilians.

When you’re taking part in an exercise or deployed to a remote location you’re often working in quite spartan conditions with very basic kit. This can be very challenging, but it’s also fantastically rewarding, and the kind of experience you’d just never get in civilian life.

Military life is very rich; sport is popular, and RADC officers take part in everything from swimming to triathlon to tennis. And there’s a big social dimension – this could mean helping to run entertainment in the officers’ mess, or leading a team of soldiers on a Nordic skiing expedition.

Career Development Opportunities

There’s plenty of training and development available to RADC officers, and you certainly won’t be at a disadvantage if you decide to leave the Army. Your MJDF will be paid for, and most dental officers are GDPs.

As you move through the ranks you could find yourself running a dental centre – or a group of them when you become more senior. You could also become a foundation trainer or an enhanced practitioner in a given discipline. Then there are the opportunities that the military can offer you – like commanding a field hospital on operations.

Can I join part time?

The RADC Reserve employs dental officers on a part-time basis. You’ll join a unit near where you live, and train during some evenings and weekends. Reserve service is designed to fit around your other commitments, so you get all the benefits of military life and a civilian career . We offer a joining incentive of up to £2,300 and you will be paid for your time with your unit and for every 10 days you spend in training, you’ll get one day of paid holiday.


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Or contact the Specialist Recruiting Team:

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The Army website has plenty of information about careers in the RADC. Our social media channels are also checked regularly and we welcome questions from interested dentists or dental students.

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