Dental Nurse

Eligibility and qualifications

What are we looking for

You’ll need excellent technical and clinical skills and a bright, caring outlook. Our emphasis is on maintaining the highest standards of dental care and in managing patients, so you’ll need to be able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. Above all, you should enjoy working as part of a team, whether in the surgery or helping with routine and emergency tasks on board ship.


Two GCSEs (A* to C) or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent, which must include English language.

You must be aged between 17 and 36.

Skills and interests

You should like

  • Helping People
  • Working in Challenging Environments
  • Working as Part of a Team
  • A Sense of Adventure

You should have these skills

  • Highly Organised
  • Methodical
  • Compassionate and Caring Nature
  • Decisive


Career progression

Skills for Life

Training will be a constant feature of your time with us. We’ll help you gain academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. You can also work towards NVQs and other vocational awards. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer.

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You’ll start your career as an Able Rate. With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand. After that, you may go on to become a Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, then a Warrant Officer. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you may also have the chance to become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be chosen for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can quickly rise through the ranks.

Pay & benefits

Royal Navy pay compares well with similar civilian jobs. As well as your basic pay, you’ll also receive extra money when you’re promoted and when you’re away at sea. We also offer an excellent pension scheme, six weeks’ paid holiday a year and free medical and dental care. 

Initially we will offer you a career for 12 years. For ratings, when you are first promoted your offer will be extended to 20 years or until age 40, whichever is later. For officers, you will automatically receive this same extension when you achieve a key point in your career path or by selection on merit. Everyone may have the opportunity to serve beyond this, depending what you would like to do and the needs of the Royal Navy.

If you would like to leave the Royal Navy you can send us your request one year before completing your return of service. A return of service is the length of time you must stay in the Royal Navy after you reach a certain stage in your training. Ultimately it will depend on the branch you join but the return of service is usually around 4 years.

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