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Military Occupational Specialty.

Culinary Specialist.

Soldier discusses what attracted them to this MOS.

No matter the location, meal, or occasion the preparation and service of food is the primary responsibility of the Culinary Specialist.

After successfully completing 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training, you will attend 8 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia where the Army will train you to prepare and serve hearty meals, both in garrison dining halls and various types of field kitchens.

Instructor describes what type of Soldier will succeed in this MOS.

You will be instructed in knife sharpening, cutting, scaling, and weighing procedures.

You’ll also train to prepare a variety of foods ranging from breakfast foods, salads, and pasta products to beef, poultry and seafood.

After your Advanced Individual Training, you’ll work as part of an essential team where your duties may include dining facility administration and operations; operation and maintenance procedures for specific kitchen equipment; and meal preparation and serving.

Culinary Specialists are also responsible for field kitchen operations using the Army Field Feeding System.

The skills learned and refined as a Culinary Specialist can help you transition from the military to the Civilian employment sector.

Soldier describes how the skills in this MOS will help them succeed within the Army and beyond.

As a trained Culinary Specialist you will have the opportunity to exercise a wide variety of skills and a high level of problem solving, leadership, and team working abilities: Pride. Character. Integrity.

These traits make the Culinary Specialist a crucial part of the Army mission.

Soldier describes why they enjoy the training/job.

Military Occupational Specialty.

Culinary Specialist.

Culinary Specialist (92G)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


The culinary 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 culinary 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.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

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 as a culinary specialist 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 experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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