Figure 12-7.- Consolidated Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center.
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."
All Navy personnel who serve with the FMF are eligible to earn the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon.
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 reserve Seabees.Continue Reading