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House Report Accompanying Defense Authorization Allows for Reduction of Rank for Chief Dental Officers

December 05, 2016

The Senate is considering a conference report passed last week by the House of Representatives that would remove the minimum rank of chief dental officers in the Armed Forces.

The ADA has fought for more than a decade to maintain current law which allows the Army and Air Force Dental Corps Chiefs to retain the rank of two-star generals (current law allows the Navy Dental Corps Chief to serve as a one-star).  Despite the ADA’s best lobbying efforts, the 2017 Defense Authorization bill’s conference report would allow each branch to determine the rank of the dental corps chiefs (instead of an absolute reduction in rank as sought last year).  This would give the branches flexibility to meet the report’s goal of an across-the-board reduction in the number of flag officers overall by 10 percent.