How to Become a Chef in the Army

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For most aspiring chefs, joining the United States Army does not register as a legitimate opportunity. However, the Army needs a wide network of food service workers to feed its personnel. No longer does the Army run on Spam. Today's Army chefs learn about special dietetic menus, and even compete annually with Army chefs stationed all over the world.

  • Speak with an Army recruiter about enlisting into the service. Meet all eligibility requirements, including being at least 17-years-old with parental consent, and being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). To qualify for food service, recruits must have a Operators and Food (OF) score of at least 90.

  • Request to enlist in the military occupational specialty 92G, which designates a food service specialist. These soldiers prepare meals according to predetermined recipes and perform day-to-day maintenance tasks in the kitchen.

  • Attend training and excel within the 92G career field for at least five years and attain the rank of sergeant (E-5). Perform at a high level in order to earn excellent performance reviews.

  • Take six semester hours of college English at an accredited university, possibly using the G.I. Bill to pay for expenses. This is required to be promoted to warrant officer.

  • Apply to become a Food Service Technician (922A) warrant officer. These warrant officers are responsible for higher-level planning and developing recipes while running and managing the Army's dining halls. This requires a strong history of excellent performance reviews and a strong recommendation from another 922A warrant officer within the chain-of-command.

  • Attend and graduate from Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) to complete the promotion.

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