In DS's appointment package was the offer letter which mentioned "dental qualification at the time of enrollment". What can that mean? I don't recall dental being part of the physical exams (he passed medically with no waivers needed)? We don't want him to forego other opportunities if WP says he isn't qualified "dentally" once he has done R-Day. He had braces when he was younger. Anybody run into this or know what it means in a practical sense?
Welcome to the Army.
He must be medically qualified on R Day. This is usually a non issue. Once he accepts his appointment many, many new requirements will appear in his portal. Such as what boots to get, security clearance forms, background checks, etc.
One of those items is a dental form and x-rays. The instructions will explain exactly what must be done, but basically he will need a full set of dental x-rays including panographic and a form for the dentist to complete. It is possible your dentist already has everything needed and just has to fill out the form and give you copies of x-rays. If he has been getting regular dental care, there will be no surprises. The most common issue is wisdom teeth. At this age sometimes they are just now coming in. If there is any issue get them taken care of ASAP.
This was a source of frustration for me when my DS was appointed - the burden placed on the candidates in order to save money. When I had my medical exam over thirty years ago, I reported to a military base and spent most of the day going through a very thorough exam - dental, physical, vision, EKG, urine/blood, etc.