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I have a question regarding the cook trade

jonjon5822

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I always thought about becoming a cook because I think it would be pretty cool to learn a buncha cool cooking methods and shit and its also cool to transfer those skills into civvy life.

But I was wondering how often cooks have the opportunity to go out into the field on an exercise and do combat shit or if they are even offered to do that at all? Once you finish BMQ is that it? You're never going to be out in the field again unless in a trailer kitchen or cooking ETC?
 

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Yes, military cooks can be employed in deployed operations, working in field kitchens. You will not do lots of combat stuff, because if the enemy is overrunning a kitchen, there are much bigger problems.
 

mariomike

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You're never going to be out in the field again unless in a trailer kitchen or cooking ETC?

I was in a PRes transportation company, with a section of cooks attached. From what I saw of the cooks in the field, they stayed close to their kitchen lorry. Didn't see them doing much "combat shit", other than defensive. But, as they said, "Soldier first. Tradesman second."
Unless things have changed since then. 🤷‍♂️
 

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The cooks posted to ships also get advanced first aid training as well as basic fire fighting and damage control. The Navy isn't for everyone, but the ones that liked sailing took full advantage of exploring local foods and restaurants in every port and playing around with the menu. Some of them got their red seal certification as well, or did other random things like boarding party as secondaries.

3 meals, a shower and your own bunk every day isn't very army I guess, and not sure I would recommend a full career, but if you are looking for an initial contract there are some upsides to being on a ship, and some of the downsides (like no hot water because the heaters are down) might still be better than army field conditions.

If you like being in the field though, fill your boots!
 
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