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Food Services & Hospitality

US Navy serviceman putting tray of food in the oven.

Food Services & Hospitality

Prepare breakfast for a flight crew before an important mission. Manage the housing accommodations of Sailors stationed abroad. And give servicemembers a taste of home from halfway around the world.

Prepare breakfast for a flight crew before an important mission. Manage the housing accommodations of Sailors stationed abroad. And give servicemembers a taste of home from halfway around the world.

Meet real Sailors & learn from their experiences.
US Navy servicemen prepare food.

About This Job

The Navy Food, Restaurant and Lodging community helps define the quality of everyday life for servicemembers. From preparing food to managing living quarters, they gain experience far beyond what’s typical in the hospitality and food service industry. Some responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing meals for notable foreign dignitaries and other distinguished guests
  • Maintaining living quarters aboard ships and submarines  
  • Managing shore-based motel- and hotel-type quarters for servicemembers
  • Serving as a culinary specialist on the Admirals’ staff or for the commanding Officer aboard ship or at a shore station
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Full Time
Part Time

Find yourself preparing a gourmet feast for leaders of other nations. Gather your crew on the ship’s flight deck for an impromptu barbecue. Present your signature dish to hundreds of dinner event guests. Whether you’re serving those on a ship or submarine, or on shore, your work will be challenging, engaging and appreciated.

Some additional responsibilities include:

  • Organizing menus for crews aboard Navy ships and submarines  
  • Preparing dinners for guests of governmental functions  
  • Keeping records and financial budgets for food supplies  
  • Operating kitchen and dining facilities (galleys)

Full Time
Part Time

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Food, Restaurant and Lodging professionals in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For Annual Training, they may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Part Time

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and 2 weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Food, Restaurant and Lodging specialists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for 7–9 weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

Full Time
Part Time

Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of Food, Restaurant and Lodging can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:

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Part Time

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Food, Restaurant and Lodging field in the Navy. Those seeking a Culinary Specialist (CS) position must be U.S. citizens, good team workers and enjoy working with people. Good arithmetic and verbal skills, creative ability and an interest in nutrition and culinary arts are also helpful.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.


Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.