Figure 12-7.Consolidated Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center.
DENTAL SUPPLIES AND
NAVAL MOBILE CONSTRUCTION
Dental field equipment and supplies are items
needed by the DENBN to carry out its mission of
dental support in the field. These materials are on the
authorized dental allowance lists (ADALs). The
ADALs consist of a dental operatory set (ADAL 662)
and a dental clinic set (ADAL 664).
The basic outfit for a dental officer (dental
equipment set, operating field) is an assembly of dental
equipment and supplies functionally packed in sets,
kits, and outfits for convenience of handling.
When the DENBN goes into field operations, it
must have certain nontechnical items of equipment to
function properly. This equipment is listed in the table
of equipment (T/E) (Marine Corps allowance list) and
includes such items as tents, desk sets, and so forth.
All Dental Technicians who serve with the FMF
attend a class C school for the Navy Enlisted
Classification Code (NEC) 8707 for Field Service
Dental Technician. This has been discussed in chapter
1, General Administration and Orientation.
The Navy organized the Construction Battalions,
or CBs, during the first days of WWII, 1942, and the
name Seabees was quickly adopted to identify the
personnel of the new organization. Seabees are at
work all over the world designing, building, and
replacing buildings, air fields, and camps in support of
the Navy and Marine Corps mission requirements.
This is accomplished with fully trained, combat ready,
rapidly deployable, interoperable, and self-sustaining
Seabee units or battalions. Dental personnel are
assigned to various battalions to provide world-wide
dental and medical support to 11,000 active and 17,000
All Navy personnel who serve with the FMF are
eligible to earn the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon.