First-term dental readiness

Jeffrey G. Chaffin, William Bachand, Robert Wilhelm, Ronald Lambert, Larry Rothfuss

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Army recruits have high levels of dental disease, and traditionally the dental needs of soldiers have not been addressed until the soldiers arrive at their first permanent duty station. Today's expeditionary Army requires that soldiers be fully deployable. This article addresses an initiative (called First-Term Dental Readiness) aimed at providing dental care in the initial training of a soldier's career, implementation of pilot programs at Fort Sill and Fort Knox, and the lessons learned from those pilot programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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