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  • Navy Culinary Specialists (CS)

    Culinary Specialists (CS) receive extensive training in cooking, baking, dining and living area management. Navy Culinary Specialists provide food service for admirals and senior government executives and run the White House Mess for the President of the United States. They are responsible for all aspects of the dining (mess decks) and living areas, Culinary Specialists work in the "heart of the ship," and are vital in maintaining high crew morale on the ship and every shore base.

    After "A" school, Culinary Specialists are assigned to ships or shore stations in the United States or overseas.
    During a 20-year career in the Navy, CSs spend approximately 60 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and
    40 percent to shore stations

    Duties include:

    Preparing menus and ordering the quantities and types of food items;
    Operating kitchen and dining facilities;
    Keeping records for food supplies and financial budgets;
    Serving as personal food service specialists on admirals' staffs and for the commanding officer aboard ship or at shore bases;
    Operating and managing living quarters aboard ships and at shore based motel/hotel type quarters.
    Working Environment

    Culinary Specialists work in kitchens, dining areas, living quarters and storerooms where food supplies are kept. The work is primarily physical and involves working as part of a team.

    A-School (Job School) Information

    Great Lakes, IL -- 4 weeks (see related article )

    ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR = 89

    Security Clearance Requirement: None

    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    First Sea Tour: 48 months
    First Shore Tour: 36 months
    Second Sea Tour: 48 months
    Second Shore Tour: 36 months
    Third Sea Tour: 36 months
    Third Shore Tour: 36 months
    Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
    Forth Shore Tour: 36 months
    Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

  • #2
    I would like to be a cs. I don't hear many people talk about it tho. But it being a cs sounds like fun I love cooking


    • #3
      Now THAT is a good attitude if you want to grow up to be a cook!!

      CS is one of those crappy ratings that get little respect. If EVERYTHING goes well, nobody will really notice - but let ONE thing go wrong and it's like the world is phreaking ending!! Also, no matter what you prepare or how you season it, someone will complain about it.

      BUT - if you really love to cook - and you might possibly want to be a cook or chef some day, it's a great way to go.


      • #4
        But why does it get little respect I mean even tho they cook aren't they just as useful


        • #5
          yes but it's more of how they are's kinda of crappy working hours...and someone will always be *****ing bout the food at one point or another..and trust me I've complain a Lot bout the food but there's really nuthing that can be done with the amount of food that needs to be cooked and the amount of people you need to feed...


          • #6
            O ok


            • #7
              look the only thing that is right is what you think is far as your life is concerned don't let what other people say affect you directly..I know plenty of people who love being CS...and some that don't it's what you make of it


              • #8
                Yea that's true I just can't wait to take my test next month and pray I pass.


                • #9
                  I just graduated from CS "A-School" not too long ago..being a CS is ok but its being phased out because the Navy is starting to contract civilians to do the I'll have to crossrate if i want to stay in the navy and retire. I wouldnt reccommend going in to this job.


                  • #10
                    the navy will never phase out the CS rating, they may get rid of a lotta shore "billet's" and give it to civilians..but they will never make civilian's go on a Navy ship..especially with all the top secret stuff they could have onboard