You will be required to accomplish many
requirements when checking aboard. The following is
a list of reading requirements that should be familiar to
all Dental Technicians.
Shipboard Dental Procedures Manual
(CINCLANTFLT OR CINCPACFLTINST
Manual of the Medical Department
(MANMED), Chapter 6
Dental Departments Organization and
ASSIGNMENT OF DENTAL PERSONNEL
Your LCPO or LPO will give you assignments to
perform. Once you have completed all the check-in
procedures and required ships courses and classes,
you may be assigned to work in the dental department
as a chairside assistant, preventive dentistry
technician, dental administration, X-ray technician, or
the supply representative.
Collateral duties or assignments help both the
dental department and ship accomplish their missions.
Collateral duties vary from ship to ship. Your
involvement in these collateral duties has a direct
impact with the morale and welfare between the dental,
medical, and other departments on board the ship.
Your participation builds true team spirit to
accomplish the ships mission.
During your tour aboard the ship, you may be
called upon to work as a food service attendant in the
galley. Personnel in paygrades E1-E3 receive an
inter-department transfer to the galley for a period of
up to 90 days. After completion of the food service
attendant duties, personnel are sent back to their
If your ship receives an overhaul and is in a ship
yard undergoing repair or renovation, the dental
department might not be operational because of
construction in those spaces. You may be called upon
to participate in the ships Tiger Team. The Tiger
Team consists of different teams that are assigned
projects to accomplish throughout the ship.
The time you spend in the galley or working in
other areas of the ship is an outstanding opportunity to
meet the crew and start building team spirit.
Assignment of Dental Personnel to Watches
Dental department personnel will be assigned to
watches using the ships policy. While in port or
underway in a group, your ship may be assigned the
Dental Guard Ship, which is responsible for any
dental emergencies that might occur.
Watch, Quarter, and Station Bill
It is the responsibility of the dental officer (dental
department head) to correctly assign dental
department personnel to the Watch, Quarter, and
Station Bill as outlined in the Ships Organization
Manual and Emergency and Battle Bills.
The medical officer (medical department head)
assigns duties and responsibilities to dental personnel
during general quarters and mass casualty situations.
Dental department personnel are under the supervision
of the medical officer when providing medical care at
battle dressing stations.
A dental department can generate and accumulate
large amounts of medical waste while at sea. The
disposal of plastic materials and medical waste at sea
by U.S. Navy ships has raised public concern over
potential adverse environmental or human health
effects. Dental departments will cooperate fully with
other shipboard departments (medical, supply, safety,
etc.) involved in waste disposal to establish and
enforce appropriate command policy. The following
references provide guidelines for waste disposal:
OPNAV P-45-113-93, Afloat Medical Waste
Management Guide/Management of Infectious
OPNAVINST 5090.1, Environmental and
Material Resources Protection Manual
BUMEDINST 6280.1, Management of
Most ships have designated areas to store medical
waste while at sea. Transfer of medical waste occurs
when in port to designated waste treatment facilities