|Royal Army Dental Corps|
|Active||1921 – present|
|Part of||Army Medical Services|
|HQ||Staff College, Camberley|
|Motto(s)||Ex Dentibus Ensis|
(from the teeth a sword)
|Colonel-in-Chief||The Duchess of Gloucester|
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The Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) is a specialist corps in the British Army that provides dental health services to British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. The corps is a part of the British Army's Army Medical Services.
While army regimental surgeons had been providing dental care services to soldiers since circa 1660, it was not until 1901 that a dental service branch was formally established under the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), but in 1908 this was dissolved and the Army returned to contracting civilian dentists. It was re-established at the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. In January 1921, dentists of the RAMC were split off into a separate Army Dental Corps (ADC). The corps was awarded the "royal" prefix to become the Royal Army Dental Corps in November 1946 in recognition of its service in the Second World War.
Royal Army Dental Corps specialisations
Before the Second World War, ADC recruits were required to be at least 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm) tall and could enlist up to 30 years of age. They initially enlisted for seven years with the colours and a further five years with the reserve. They trained at the Royal Army Medical Corps Depot, Crookham Camp, Aldershot, before proceedings to specialist trade training. The two trades available at that time were Clerk Orderly (who assisted in the operating room and in clerical work) and Dental Mechanic (who worked in dental workshops).
- Canada – Royal Canadian Dental Corps
- Australia – Royal Australian Army Dental Corps
- New Zealand – Royal New Zealand Dental Corps
Order of precedence
- "Royal Army Dental Corps Historical Museum". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Gilles Dussault, "The Professionalisation of Dentistry in Britain: A Study of Occupational Strategies, 1900-1957", unpublished PhD thesis, Bedford College, London, 1981, p.132
- "Royal Army Dental Corps". National Archives. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Royal Army Dental Corps: Soldier careers". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- War Office, His Majesty's Army, 1938