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Food Service Managers

Hospitality & Tourism

Work Environment

Food service managers usually work in food service facilities. They may manage facilities in field camps or aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $82,149

Overview

Food service managers purchase, plan, store, prepare, and serve meals. They direct the personnel who prepare and serve food and manage the facilities where food is prepared and stored. Their managerial responsibilities include budgeting for food and equipment purchases; developing food service phases of operational plans; employment and discharge of employees paid from mess funds; and, ensuring that mess property is clean and properly safeguarded.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Job training for food service managers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in nutrition and food preparation
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others

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