Want To Be A Navy Cook?

Becoming a Navy cook eliminates one of the most important issues in the Military is having the availability of quality hot food. This is important for several reasons, for the health of the US Navy personnel, for the well being of the service, and to keep morale high. The Navy mess management is the job rating that deals with helping to feed and prepare meals for the personnel in the Navy.

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The rule of thumb for a Navy Mess specialist or Navy cook is that there is no ready rule of thumb. You may be tasked to; Prepare a variety of meals and arrange food for all different groups, and operate dining facilities and kitchens and various galleys, and working to manage and operate kitchen and living quarters on board ship, submarine or shore station. After attending Navy Boot camp for 9 weeks you will progress on to formal Class A school, where you receive instructions on basics and advanced food preparation and how to deal with and food different groups of people. You will have a lot of different training and job experiences working in Mess specialist in the Navy. You may work serving guests for a special Navy dinner on shore. Literally you may work in any situation in the Navy that involves serving food for different groups of people, your duty station can be any location that has Navy personnel. You will work to fix food from 5 to large groups up to several thousand. You will work in different situations and be taught food preservation, nutrition, dining and even how to manage scheduling entertainment management in certain situations.

The United States Navy always has an ongoing need for detailed, people oriented personnel who can work under pressure, that can roll with the punches and that can work to serve and prepare a meal. Working in the Navy as a mess management is a little like a three ring circus, and there is nothing as wonderful as completing a meal service, no matter what size of group that you are serving. You may be tasked to work aboard an Aircraft carrier, helping prepare meals for some of the 5 thousand crewmembers on board, or you could work aboard a destroyer, cooking and preparing meals for one of the 350 sailors on board.

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Other types of duty can participate in may include; preparing menus and food for distinguished guests and dignitaries, keeping budgets and food service records, preparing a variety of meals for all different groups, working as a culinary affairs specialist for an officers mess, or Commanding Officer Mess. You have a job that has some of the most different and varied duty because all members and all people need to eat.

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military dot image Chris Stratmann    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m interested in learning more about culinary positions in the Navy, I’m currently attending National Institute of Culinary Arts, 4 year program. I would like to complete this program, but would like informaiton about the reserves.

Thank-you
Chris Stratmann


military dot image kala elliott    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m interested in being a cook and traveling the world but i have no money for college. i feel like I’m in a stuck with no options, would the navy be a good choice for me?


military dot image jeanie    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi. I be will finished w/ Le Cordon Bleu in August 2011 and I am interested in joining the military. Is there an age limit? I just turned 37 March 5th. Please send me info. Thank you.


military dot image Angelica    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am trying to join the navy at this moment and this website has been a great help to me to learn more about what i am getting myself into lol


military dot image Bernadette    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I just finished school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts ,Los Angeles as of June 27,10 and I would like more info on being a cook for the Navy .. Thanks


military dot image Denny Gomez    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am denny gomez i just graduated from lecordon bleu college of culinary arts in boston its been my biggest dream to become a cook in the military cause i know its something ill be good at please let me know what the requirements are andeverything


military dot image Ekkia Guadalupe    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi, this site helped me but i would like to now more about the salary and income thank you.


military dot image Roger S.    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m interested in being a cook in the navy, but i’ve heard that cooking for officer gets you promoted quicker


military dot image Joseph    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi I am 21 years of age and I am very interested in serving as a cook in the navy.


military dot image Dean Smith    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am concidering working for the navy or even the army for this one purpose I have a year in nutrition and I am currently in a culinary class, I also plan to go into culinary for another year so that I would have two years of practice I hope some one omportant sees this post and might consider giving me a job some time in the year 2013 or give me recomendation, I mean i gotta start some where


military dot image Tayvon McGowan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi I’m 19 years old and I am very interested in serving as a cook in the navy. I have a two year degree in culinary arts and I have my serv safe cert also.


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military dot image Myles Bryant    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I just attended the funeral of good friend who was a carrer Navy Cook. On his dd214 it lists his job as CC. My question is what does CC stand for?


military dot image R T    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL THE WORLD ,I KNOW IM TOO OLD BUT KNOW YOU HIRE OUT SIDE THE MILITARY AND I HAVE 26 YEARS COOKING EXPERIENCE AND A DIPLOMA,MY KIDS ARE GROWN & GONE I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO DO,,WOULD LOVE TO DO THIS SINCE I MISSED MY TIME AFTER HIGH SCHOOL TO TAKE CARE OF MY MOM,PLEASE LET ME KNOW


military dot image Jeremy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am looking to hire veterans with culinary and offshore experience. I would consider hiring anyone that does not qualify to enlist in the military to further their careers with the same background experience.


military dot image bryana    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am interested in joining the navy culinary??? do you have to have some kind of certificate in cooking to actually be a chef or no???


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military dot image yusri kassa    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

How be come join. To cook in navy


military dot image E dog    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was a Navy cook for 4 yrs. You will gain valuable experience in culinary arts. Most importantly, you will learn the true meaning of hard work, long hours, cleaning and kitchen discipline. Passion of cooking is one thing but cooking everyday for 12 to 14 hours during deployment may be to much to ask for the avarage passionate cook. Working long hours with little sleep is a way of life in the Navy. If you are prepared for this life style…then WELCOME TO MY WORLD SHIPMATE!!


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military dot image Marvin Soriano    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi im Marvin Soriano. im from the philippines. i want to know how to join the us navy. im very interested. thanks


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military dot image Kevern King    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Could you please send me information how to join the US Navy? One of my dream is to be a cook in the US Navy. Please send me info via my email address. thanks


military dot image maurice ngochi    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i will like to join but i want to have an H N D in bakery and food processing and really go diply in food processing .i really want to become a navy cooks.i just hope my dreams come through.But am from Cameroon Africa.


military dot image Miranda    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am looking into several work fields in the NAVY and a cook is one of my interested fields. I have never attended a culinary field but want to know if that is going to hinder me getting a job as a cook.


military dot image Vanessa    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 15 years old and want to know which classes to take and what college to go to so that I can join the navy when I’m older. Can you please tell me


military dot image James Frank    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was wondering if there is a way that being a navy cook I could work with marines, because I have wanted to be a marine for a long time now and have decided to go into navy instead so I can plan my future better. Is there a program like navy corpsman for cooks?


military dot image Chef M    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have cooked in Iraq,Baghdad and Balad.Currently waiting on a bid to go back.Am a Production Chef,Gard’e manger,Executive Chef..Worked in four Military Defacs,teaching Food Borne Illness and cooking Techniques.Cooked for VIP’s..I would Like to know where this position as a Submarine Chef can be applied..
Thank You,
Chef M


military dot image Miyah M    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I want to serve in the military as being a cook but I don’t want to go to war is there a chance that I could travel around the U.S instead of having to travel over seas in the military as a cook. Another thing I was wondering was how long would I have to serve in the military to be complete the whole process. Also what would be my basics I would need to do, and how long do you proceed in Basic Training.


military dot image Greg    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Who is responsible for this site. I did 22 yr in food service both Navy 8 yr and CG 14 yr. Keep it real don’t sugar coat it. Truth is better than fiction.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Thanks Greg for your concern. Every person has an unique experience. Same with my military service. Please advise your version of the ‘truth’… thank you.


military dot image christopher jarrett    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi I’m Chris I’m 17 and out of school. I’m going to be gettig my GED and want to be a cook in the navy, but don’t want to fight in the war. I will not kill no one,I love to cook but want to be in the service some how. I would love more information about being a cook not to fight a cook please give me info asap

Thanks, Christopher Jarrett


military dot image jagadeeshwar reddy manda    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am completed Batchelor of catering technology and culinary arts. Presently working in costa cruiselines since last one year on wards. I want to be join us army as a chef. Can u give me a suggestion.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Sure. The best is to call your US Army recruiter and get the latest cooking career info. Along with current openings. Most posts online are often outdated.

The army offers some great jobs too! G


military dot image jacob Britt    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 19 attending culinary classes locally. If I get an associates degree will that help me when I join the navy as a cook?


military dot image naudarius    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am only 16 I will be done with school this year. I was thinking about going to the navy. Please advise.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Congrats! The Navy is a great choice and they’re many great sites to read all about the US Navy. See attached links. My best. LF


military dot image keagan sanders    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hello i am a 15 year kid who was interested in going to the navy to be a cook i dont have good grades and i want to graduate and if i do would love to join the navy to be a sumberine cook


military dot image raven collins    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

if you be a cook do you still have to fight in the army


military dot image Kyra Pearl    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a Freshman in high school currently, and I’d like to know the benefits of someone in the culinary field working for the Navy.
Thanks


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Krya, I do not know of anyone. Best to call a Navy recruiter and get straight from the source! Meanwhile, hope you’re working hard in school!! Stay the course! Best, lf


military dot image sequeira joy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi I am joy sequeira 33 years would like to apply as a cook I have 6 years experience as a cook in a cruise line I have travelled a lot in us I am an Indian is there any way I can try please advice


military dot image yusri kassa    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I yusri 38 , I am interested to be a cook in the Navy , I had the experience of some of the hotels cook my previous work in Indonesia


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Yusri, are you a US Citizen… green card?


military dot image Nicole Lowery    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a junior in high school and I am doing a career research paper. I have had my mind set on being a cook in the Navy since I was a pre-teen. I was planning on joining as soon as I was eligible. Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you have information that can help me. Thank you.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Nicole, I assume that college is not an option for you, correct? A college degree and becoming an Navy Officer has its many benefits. If not, I would call your local Navy recruiter and ask about the school for cooks. My best, Larry


military dot image robert    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My wife and I where having a conversation about the job duties I had being
a cook while I was in the navy ( CS ).I not only worked cooking eggs and bacon but we baked our own breads ,cakes and pies in the bake shop.
Any one looking for a great job in the Navy you could look no farther
for a job that will also serve you well when returning to civilian life.
The hours are long but very rewarding.


military dot image Mani    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m looking for Army Cook job


military dot image nautica norwood    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hello i am a junior in high school i want to go to the navy to become a professional chef but i dont want to fight or do war for my previous school days my grades wasnt good and also my school records would i still be able to attend the navy to become a pro. che


military dot image Tori Worcester    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello, I am a senior in high school and am interested in the culinary arts field. Recently I received a letter from a Navy officiate with a reply postcard attached, which had sparked my interest in potentially pursuing this as an alternative to a gap year. This article along with the comments from former Navy chefs have been very helpful.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Thank you, Tori. Yes, stay in contact with your Navy recruiter always a good ideal. You may want to take a peak at the other military branches culinary programs. Always good to compare one program to another. You never know, right? After all, you’re talking about a life long major decision. Best, Larry


military dot image Nicholas King    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My name is Nick King, I’m 18 halfway through my senior year, I currently take culinary arts for half of the school day, this is my second year enrolled in culinary arts, and I’m interested in enrolling in the Navy Reserves to become a chef. I have made the descison to call the nearest recruiter in canidaguia NY, and with my father a Navy Seal veteran, I am proud to serve my country as he did, learn about the dedication and skills needed to fill this position. If I could obtain more information about this honorable position to feed the men who protect our country.


military dot image Nicholas King    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I would also like to know of any scholarships avalible upon graduating high school.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Nick, what was your father’s first name? His BUDS class number? And yes, call your Navy recruiter for sure. Make sure you get the info that you need. Ideally, speak to a recruiter that’s has knowledge about the culinary arts school.


military dot image Erica    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Is there a chef’s recruiter you know of to get a hold of


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Erica, I would reach out to your local Navy recruiter and give him/her a call. That’s their job to answer these questions or reach out to someone who can. Thank you for your sincere interest in serving. Larry


military dot image Amelia    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Well I am 13 right now and I have my life planned out and I am going in the navy to be a cook cause I have always wanted to go in the milatary and I have always have a pation of cooking so, yea… also I know I cant spell what so ever XD!


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Amelia, as a Navy veteran, I would ALWAYS CALL your local Navy recruiter for all available ‘cook’ career info. You can also google ‘navy cooks’ for info too. But again, as a nonprofessional and just a veteran, I would call your local Navy recruiter. Good luck. Hope this helps! Best, Larry


military dot image Amelia    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Well I mean I haven’t really found people that around y area it its kinda hard for me to find the people that are.. doesn’t have the type have the interest that I do have. But I do have family and I will take that to heart, also when I am done I will actuality go to collage to get conanary fine arts then be a private cook.


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