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ADA Urges Lawmakers to Retain Two-Star Rank for Army, Air Force Dental Chiefs

June 04, 2015

The chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and Military Personnel Subcommittees heard from the ADA this week, outlining concerns about the Senate Committee-passed version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would reduce the rank for the chief dental officers serving in the United States armed forces. The Senate proposal could effectively reduce the ranks of those positions from the current statutory grade of major general to brigadier general.  The House-passed bill maintains current law.

ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg and Executive Director Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin wrote to the lawmakers, praising the House bill, H.R. 1735, for extending current law as it relates to chief dental officers, and urging them to preserve the rank of two-star general officers in the military dental corps when the House and Senate negotiate their differences over the bill.

“As you know, dental readiness in the military is a critically important issue for overall medical readiness,” they wrote. “The ADA firmly believes that dentistry must maintain its position within the respective surgeon generals’ offices to ensure that dental readiness is not only maintained, but improved.”

The letter is online here.