JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Dental Specialist students attending the 330-X2 course at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence get hands-on experience practicing skills while treating volunteer patients. Active duty, retirees, family members, and U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard with a DoD ID Card assist 68E Dental Specialist students to practice skills learned during their training through a quarterly volunteer program. This is a great training opportunity for the students, and provides a chance for patients an easier way to get dental care.
After completing Basic Combat Training, Army 68E Dental Specialist receive their initial military occupational specialty during Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at the Medical Educational Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During AIT, Soldiers learn specialized training needed to assist Army dentists in the examination and treatment of service members’ and dependent’s teeth. After graduating from AIT, Soldiers then report to their first duty station, and for most Dental Specialists that location is usually an Army dental clinic. In this phase of their career Dental Specialist assist dental officers and noncommissioned officers, but they do not treat patients directly.