Army Veterinary Corps Assignments Restaurant

Culinary Specialist (92G)


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


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

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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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Grace Animal Hospital

Sitting down with Tim Loonam, DVM

(803) 808-7387


How did your business begin?

We opened in July 2006 after I returned from an Active Duty Deployment to Iraq and decided to separate from the Army Veterinary Corps. 


What is the mission of your business?

Our motto sums it up: “Complete, Compassionate Care From Your Other Family Doctor.” We are a full service companion animal veterinary hospital providing care for dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep and llamas.


How do you keep up with the latest advances in 

your field?

The South Carolina Veterinary Board requires 20 hours of professional continuing education per year; our veterinarians typically complete two to three times more than that. As an American Animal Hospital Association Accredited practice, we undergo a very thorough outside audit covering all aspects of veterinary practice.


How did you get involved with this business? 

I was commissioned as an Army officer upon graduating from the University of Colorado and spent the early part of my career as an Airborne Ranger in the Pacific with assignments in Korea and Hawaii. My first two assignments as an Army Veterinary Corps Officer were at Fort Jackson, and my family and I fell in love with South Carolina.


What is something people would be surprised to learn about you or your business?

I’m in two books and a movie about the Global War on Terrorism; Sargeant Rex by Mike Dowling and Rule Number Two by Heidt Kraft, as well as the military working dog documentary Always Faithful.


What is your favorite pastime?

I’m a hobby woodworker and especially enjoy building custom wooden boats and paddles.


How has your life experience made you successful in your field today?

I’ve been fortunate to have good mentors early in my veterinary career who instilled in me the philosophy that “clients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” 

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