Today's Military:

Personal and Culinary Services Careers


The Military takes great interest in the overall well-being of its servicemembers. Personal and Culinary Services enlisted personnel provide a positive work environment through proper nutrition and recreation. These servicemembers are the president’s chefs and event planners, feeding and directing functions for admirals, generals and dignitaries from around the world, in addition to servicemembers and their families. For instance, culinary specialists can feed more than 5,000 people per day on a large ship.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Serve food in dining halls, hospitals, field kitchens and aboard ships
  • Order, receive and inspect meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
  • Plan, prepare and direct social functions, meetings or recreational activities
  • Direct operation of clubs, open messes, recreational buildings and libraries
  • Prepare daily activity reports

Helpful Attributes

Useful school subjects include psychology, physical education, health and accounting. Helpful attributes include:

  • Good organizational skills
  • Interest in cooking
  • Enjoy working with hands
  • Like working with others

Training Provided

Job training consists of classroom instruction, including some further onsite training. Sample courses include:

  • Food and Supply Ordering
  • Standard and Dietetic Menus and Recipes
  • Preparation and Cooking of Various Foodstuffs and Bakery Products
Personal and Culinary Services Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Food Service Specialist
  • Operations Chief - View Profile
  • Recreation Welfare and Morale Specialist

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Gym Teacher
  • School Counselor
  • Recruiter

Related Career Fields

Personal and Culinary Services – Officer
Human Resources Management and Services – Enlisted
Counseling, Social Work and Human Services – Enlisted

Related Resources

Enlisting in the Military
Boot Camp
Education Support
Skill Training

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