Accession Number : ADA326742

Title :   Pulling Out of a Tailspin: Rebuilding the Dental Corps After Downsizing

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Camp, Larry R.

PDF Url : ADA326742

Report Date : 07 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The Federal Dental Services have downsized commensurate with the active duty forces which they support. This downsizing has masked, and arguably exacerbated serious problems with recruiting and retaining dental officers. The Services find themselves short of military dentists in an environment which promises to only worsen without prompt, effective action on the part of the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Congress. This paper examines the dental role in military readiness. Further, it documents the decline of retention and recruiting within the Services and relates the decline to deterioration of a competitive pay structure. Additionally, the paper proposes changes to Dental Special Pay structure and recruiting incentives designed to restore the Dental Corps as a viable career option for dentists again.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *DENTISTS, *MILITARY DOWNSIZING, *DENTAL PERSONNEL, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, COMPETITION, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, COMBAT READINESS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, CAREERS, SHORT RANGE(TIME), VIABILITY, SALARIES, ACTIVE DUTY, OFFICER PERSONNEL, DETERIORATION, DENTISTRY.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE