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Food Service Managers

Hospitality & Tourism

Service Branches

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Work Environment

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

  • Military Status



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. 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:

  • Food service operations
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Nutritional meal planning
  • Financial management
  • Management of facilities, equipment, and personnel

Helpful Attributes

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

Related Civilian Careers

  • Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
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