Exposing, processing, and mounting dental
radiographs (X-ray films) as prescribed by
written or verbal order of a dental officer.
Preparing dental materials and medications used
in patient treatment.
Sharpening, disinfecting, preparing, sterilizing
instruments and equipment.
Performing operator and preventive
maintenance on dental equipment.
Maintaining cleanliness of dental spaces.
Rendering dental and medical aid to casualties of
war or peacetime disasters.
Performing such other duties in caring for dental
patients and dental facilities as may be directed
by those in authority.
The duties listed above are just a handful of
assignments that you may perform. You may want to
enhance your naval career by receiving additional
training. Contact your career counselor if you have
any questions regarding additional training. Next, we
will discuss the different dental career paths you can
NAVY ENLISTED CLASSIFICATIONS
The Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) system is
used to identify enlisted personnel with special skills,
knowledge, or aptitude for filling billets and other
management purposes. Enlisted dental personnel must
be familiar with the Manual of Enlisted Manpower and
Personnel Classifications and Occupational
Standards, NAVPERS 18068.
DENTAL TECHNICIAN NAVY ENLISTED
Dental Technician NECs are used to identify
personnel with special skills within the dental rating.
All dental-related NECs are contained in the 8700
series. As a Dental Assistant, Basic, Class A school
graduate you will receive a rating designator or a
source rating of DT. Sometimes you might see the
source rating of DT followed by quad zeros (for
example, DT-0000). This is not an NEC, but is used
when no entry or special NEC is assigned to your billet
(job). The DT-0000 identifier is used by the Bureau of
Naval Personnel (PERS-407, dental detailers) for job
assignment identification and the Enlisted Personnel
Management Center (EPMAC) for the functional
placement of basic Dental Assistants to specific billets.
If you have an opportunity to be assigned with the
Fleet Marine Force or a naval construction battalion,
you will attend a Class C school and graduate with an
NEC of DT-8707. This NEC is carried only when
actually assigned to a billet with the FMF or NMCB.
When you finish your tour and roll back to shore or a
sea duty assignment, the NEC of DT-8707 will not be
assigned. You still hold this NEC in inventory and can
be activated again if serving with the FMF, NMCB, or
in a billet that requires an NEC of 8707. Following is a
description of the 8707 NEC.
DT-8707, Field Service Technician: Assists
dental officer in providing treatment in the field.
Provides technical and administrative assistance to
support the mission and functions of Navy and Marine
Corps field units. Maintains organizational level of
Authorized Dental Allowance Lists (ADALs).
Prepares, reviews, and coordinates logistics
requirements. Ensures the observance and the practice
of field sanitary measures.
Augments and assists
medical personnel in providing emergency medical
care to field or combat casualties to include assistance
with medical evacuation procedures.
If you possess the necessary qualifications as
listed in the Catalog of Navy Training Courses
(CANTRAC), you may request specialized training at
a Dental Technician, Class C School. Upon graduation
you will be assigned an NEC in the 8700 series, which
we will look at next. Specialized training is highly
competitive and is available to dental personnel in the
many areas of dentistry.
Closed-looped means that once you earn that NEC
you will be assigned to that NEC and billet
requirement. The following are closed-looped NECs
that are currently available to basic Dental Techni-
cians. Full descriptions for these NECs and
requirements can be found in the Enlisted Manpower
and Personnel Occupational Standards and
Classifications, NAVPERS 18068.
DT-8703, Dental Administrative Technician:
Assists the dental officer in organizing and managing a
dental clinic or facility.
Performs advanced dental
administrative, logistical, and financial duties.
Provides technical assistance in organizing and
conducting dental health education programs and
enlisted training. Assists in planning and coordinating
fleet (operational) medical and dental support.
DT-8708, Dental Hygienist: An out-of-service
2-year accredited training program that produces an