Job Family: Personal and Culinary Services Food Service Managers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Marine Corps

Photo 1: Food service manager discusses menu with chef. Photo 2:
Food service manager completes inspection.

Short Description
The military serves food to hundreds of thousands of service members each day. Meals must be carefully planned and prepared to ensure good nutrition and variety. Food service managers direct the facilities that prepare and serve food.


What They Do
Food service managers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Manage the cooking and serving of food at mess halls
  • Direct the operation of officers’ dining halls
  • Determine staff and equipment needed for dining halls, kitchens, and meat-cutting plants
  • Set standards for food storage and preparation
  • Estimate food budgets
  • Maintain nutritional and sanitary standards at food service facilities

Helpful Attributes
Helpful fields of study include food service management, nutrition, and business administration. Helpful attributes include:
  • Interest in nutrition and food preparation
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Course content typically includes:
  • Food service operations and management
  • Resource management
  • Nutritional meal planning
  • Hotel management

Work Environment
Food service managers usually work in food service facilities. They may manage facilities in field camps or aboard ships.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian food service managers work for hotels, restaurants, and cafeterias. They perform duties similar to those performed by military food service managers.

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