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


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 Sergeant Monique Sorrell, a 92 Gulf which is a Food Service Specialist in the United States Army. I joined the Army with just one job in mind, to be a 92 Gulf a Food Service Specialist. I get to cook almost everyday which is the one thing I love more than anything in this world. Cooking in the Army is important because no matter where you go you have to make sure that your Soldiers are feed. The quality of food that you provide your Soldiers is what's going to boost the morale and keep them happy doing their jobs. There are so many avenue that you can go into from cooking. Not only can you be a cook in the Army but you can also get your certifications to become an executive chef, a sous-chef, a master chef or a pastry chef. So don't think that ‘oh once I get into the Army, I'm stuck to cooking and that's all I'm going to do, it's going to be boring.' It's fun, I love my job and if you have any passion for food then this is what you want to do. What give me the greatest pleasure is knowing that at the end of the meal, you're smiling because of something that I created for you.