Army Reserve

Food Service Specialist (92G)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


The food service specialist is primarily responsible for the preparation and service of food in field or garrison food service operations.

Job Duties

  • Bake, fry, braise, boil, simmer, steam and sauté as prescribed by Army recipes
  • Operate, maintain and clean field kitchen equipment
  • Perform preventive maintenance on garrison and field kitchen equipment


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a food service specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and nine weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including practice in food preparation.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Standard and dietetic menus and recipes
  • Preparation and cooking of various foodstuffs and bakery products
  • Food and supply ordering
  • Storage of meats, poultry and other perishable items

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in cooking, home economics, health, mathematics, accounting and chemistry

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Operators & Food (OF) : 85

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with civilian cafes, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, hospitals, manufacturing plants, schools and other organizations that have their own dining facilities. Depending on which specialty you pursue, you’ll be able to pursue a career as a cook, chef, meat cutter, butcher or baker.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • Kraft Food Global, Inc
  • McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii, Inc.
  • Grand Sierra Resort
  • Shearer's Foods, Inc.
  • Dot Foods, Inc.
  • Patrick Cudahy, Inc.
  • Santa Fe Cattle Company


I'm Specialist Darcie Jenkins; I'm a 92 Gulf which is a Food Service Specialist in the United States Army. I've always had a passion for cooking, I love to eat. I'm from a southern family, so it just seemed to be a good fit. The best part of this job to me is the people that you work with, the environment. It's a very upbeat environment, high tempo environment, its fun. When you're in the kitchen and you're actually preparing your meals for your Soldiers, you're having a good time while doing that. This MOS definitely does have a creative element to it. A big part of preparing meals and serving them is eye appeal. You want your dishes to be presentable as well as tasty. So you do your best to make them look appetizing. It takes a creative nature to do that. When I set a dish down in front of someone and they smile it makes me feel really good, because I know that I'm providing something that is not only good to them, it's going to be good for them. It will be nutritional; it'll help them perform their tasks to the best of their ability. If you aspire to set a strong foundation for yourself and your loved ones the Army definitely provides the tools for you to do so.