Navy Enlisted Job Description: Culinary Specialist (CS)

Navy chef takes part in culinary competition. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Feb. 11, 2011) Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Tad Pooler, assigned to Commander, Submarine Forces, prepares strawberries flambe as his dessert entry during the Best of the Mess Challenge competition at the Virginia Beach Sheraton Oceanfront hotel. The Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic culinary team competed against four other commands showcasing their culinary specialties.
••• U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer/Released

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.

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

Other Requirements


Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for CS.

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

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.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command