Dental Support Specialist

I wasn't to sure wether to post it here or not, but thought I would anyway as I might get the answers I'm looking for.

I've got an aptitude test and interview on Nov 29th for the position of DSS, and I have been told to do some research about the;

History of RADC (I had a link to this but it seems to be unavailable)
Cap Badge
Colour Belts

Does anyone have any useful links which would enable me to find something out about the above?




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The army has had dental issues as an element of fitness to serve since the introduction of cartridge loading firearms as the possession of at least some teeth was necessary to bite open the cartridge of black powder.

During the Boer war several thousand soldiers were discharged as unfit as they were not able to eat the pre packed rations due to the loss of teeth.

The Army Dental Corps was formed in 1921 from the dental elements of the Royal Army Medical Corps which had possessed occasional dental elements since the 19th century. The recent conflict, known then as The Great War, had resulted in a very high proportion of facial and cranial injuries; this is always a consequence of trench warfare and had focused the attention of the War department on the treatment of these injuries. At this time the badge was a stylised A, D and C in a circular laurel wreath with the kings crown above.

At the end of the Second World War the corps was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1946 and became the Royal Army Dental Corps. The cap badge changed at this time to a dragon’s head clutching a sword within a laurel wreath, above this the crown (now the queeen’s crown since the 1950s) and underneath a 3 part scroll with the latin “Ex Dentibus Ensis” meaning “from the teeth, a sword.” This is a reference to the Greek myth where Cadmus threw the teeth of a dragon on the ground, as advised by Athena. From where the teeth landed an army of warriors sprung from the ground, the warriors were The Sparti. The dragon also represents dentistry in China. The cap badge is always mounted on an emerald green ovular back cloth. The cap badge is mainly gold in colour except for the dragon and sword, which are silver. The collar dogs are smaller handed versions of the cap badge.

The image is from a good resource and a helpful guy.


maninblack said:
RADC Association.

good resource and a helpful guy.
Maninblack arn't you just 8)
Could anyone shed any light on the Grading belts for the RADC? I've searched throgh pages of google and found feck all. I tried to e-mail the RADC centre, and the e-mail was returned because their e-mail account has been un opened for over 90 days.

I would be greatful for any help

??? Grading Belts ??? Dont know what you mean??? ??Promotion?? or Class 1, 2 & 3??

I'ts not like Karate, I'd still be a white belt

Yes that is what they call a stable belt and each corps/regiment have one and at various times you wear it, as a gob jockey that will be all the time unless on tour I would guess (unless things have changed that much!!).

While in training it will be "suggested" you buy one from whatever place they sell them ( in my day it was the RAMC museum and the "suggested" part meant, marched down to said museum by troop CPL signed for and less credits for young red arrse the following month!!)

Nicer to wear than the green plastic issue belt but it depends what your bosses say and where you are working as to whether you can wear it.

Hope that helps!!.

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