119th Observation Squadron

New Jersey National Guard, 44th Division

A Douglas O-2H of the 119th Observation Squadron, 1930. The unit was still flying these aircraft when it assisted in the search for survivors of the Morro Castle off the coast of Asbury Park. Note the 44th Division emblem, the back to back "4's" painted on the fuselage.


Dental Corps
Dentists are commissioned as Dental Corps officers with the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). The New Jersey Army National Guard offers a range of possible assignments for dentists within the state.

The mission of the Dental Corps is to ensure dental readiness, promote dental health, and provide dental care for the New Jersey Army National Guard and America's Army. The New Jersey Army National Guard offers dentists and dental students the opportunity for personal and professional growth while serving their community and country. Army National Guard dentists train with some of the country's and the world's premiere dentists. They utilize unique dental equipment designed to meet the rigorous conditions of military medicine. Professional development and training are foundations of Army National Guard dentistry. Army Guard dentists have the opportunity to attend many specialized courses and seminars not always available to civilians. Military training courses are also available to prepare dentists for essential leadership and staff positions.

In addition to the standard benefits, the Army National Guard offers additional incentives for Dental Corps officers:

  • Army Dental PictureBonus Pay:
    $75,000 paid out at $25,000 per year for three years. This annual incentive pay is renewable after the initial three-year period under certain conditions.
  • Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP):
    Provides up to $240,000, paid at $40,000 per year over six years, for the repayment of outstanding educational loans.
  • Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP):
    A monthly stipend of $2,178 for students in certain educational programs and residencies for designated specialties.
  • Continuing Medical Education Credit Funding:
    Provides up to $2,500 annually.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 66.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be eligible to receive a secret security clearance.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited U.S. School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS), or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and eligible to practice dentistry and surgery in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory. Graduates of foreign dental schools are not eligible to apply.
  • Have a current unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory.
  • Currently be practicing dentistry OR be a current resident in a Graduate Dental Residency Program, approved by Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and the ADA.
  • If in a dental residency program, must have a current unrestricted Dental Residency License from the state Board of Dental Examiners OR be licensed to practice by the Residency Training Program. If not, you must have a current unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory.

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