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ADA Lobbying Protects Status of Military Chief Dental Officers

April 26, 2016

As expected, ADA lobbying has kept provisions that would reduce military chief dental officer ranks out of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, H.R. 4909). Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the legislation on April 12. There is no Senate companion at the time of this writing.

Ever since a proposal last year by Sen. John McCain to restrict military chief dental officers to no higher than the rank of one star, the ADA has been the foremost organization lobbying to protect those positions. The ADA has urged lawmakers to retain the rank of two-star general officers in the military dental corps. The ADA acknowledges the efforts of Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, in keeping the proposal out of the NDAA.