RBAF dental team on the hunt for new local members

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Dental Services under the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) is currently looking for more locals to join its team.

In an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday during RBAF career roadshow for students at Dewan Kemasyarakatan Sengkurong, Dental Administrative Officer at RBAF Major Mohammad Azhan Hj Ahmad said they are looking to add more locals to their unit in efforts to employ more Bruneians.

“We try to adopt ‘Bruneianisation’ of the system... It is about ensuring our workforce comprises mainly locals,” he said.

According to the RBAF personnel, there are currently only eight dentists at their unit, two female and six male dentists. He said this includes two loan service dentists from the United Kingdom.

Major Mohammad Azhan added that three students under the Ministry of Defence’s scholarship are currently taking up dentistry in the New Zealand.

The administrative officer at RBAF’s dental unit, who is also the chairperson of the roadshow added that pursuing a military dental career comes with benefits.

“Being in the military has its perks, you are physically fit and there are a lot of privileges and facilities. You will not stay in the clinic all the time,” he said, adding that serving as a military dentist provides the opportunity to travel, and the chance to save lives.

He noted that earlier in January this year, RBAF’s medical and dental services extended their dental care and health checkups to residents at Kg Melilas of the Belait district.

Applicants who are interested in joining RBAF’s dental services must meet the minimum requirement of three A levels, with grades AAB.

Potential candidates must also possess a ‘Bachelor of Dental Surgery’, accredited by Brunei Darussalam or have successfully underwent a five year dental course, accredited by Brunei.

Meanwhile, a dental officer at RBAF who wished to remain anonymous said “Joining the Armed Forces as a health professional gives you the opportunity to step outside the box and serve your nation and country in a special way.”

He added that they are looking for students interested in the science stream (specifically biology and chemistry), have strong interpersonal skill and must be good at working with their hands.

“You have to be manually dexterous because this line of work requires you to do a lot of work,” said the RBAF personnel.

The Brunei Times