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Food Service SpecialistsHospitality & Tourism
Food service specialists normally work in clean, sanitary kitchens and dining facilities. They may sometimes work in refrigerated meat lockers. Sometimes they work outdoors in tents while preparing and serving food under field conditions.
Average Military Salary
Food service specialists function in every aspect of food preparation, including administration, procurement, storage, and distribution. They plan menus, purchase supplies, cook food, operate food service equipment, and provide customer service.
All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for food service specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in food preparation. Training content may include:
- Standard and dietetic menu planning
- Food preparation and cooking
- Basic nutrition
- Storage of meats, poultry, and other perishable items
- Dining service operations
- Food and supply ordering
- Interest in cooking
- Interest in working with the hands
Related Civilian Careers
- Food Preparation Workers
- Cooks, Restaurant
- Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
- Chefs and Head Cooks
- Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
- Food Service Managers
- Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria