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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
    Papakura, Waiouru, Linton, Trentham, Burnham
  • Starting Salary
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About the role

As a Dental Officer in the New Zealand Army, you will provide general dental clinical services to military personnel.

Job on base

Your role will involve the effective provision of quality dental practice contributing to the provision of efficient and effective dental health services to patients, and providing clinical supervision and instruction to any assigned dental staff.

Job on deployment

Dental teams are deployed overseas to support New Zealand Defence Force personnel on operational missions, some of which have been East Timor and Bougainville.

I like the fact that Dentistry in the Army is quite an ideal environment for practicising Dentistry. We get to provide all the care that our soldiers need.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Ongoing Training

As a Dental Officer in the New Zealand Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an Officer will 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.


Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do a six week specialist officer military training course to teach you the basics of being in the Army. The course is designed to assist you in your integration into the Army and although it is challenging, it’s specifically catered for specialist officers. You will be taught the basics including:

  • Navigation
  • Weapon handling
  • Leadership
  • Drill and barrack routine
  • Living in the field
  • Army Ethos and Values

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

After initial employment and training the NZ Army will 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

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

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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