I previously did extensive research on military schools.
You should take stock of your own life, and ask yourself, "is this what I want to do with my life for the next several years?" One of my friends said that NAVY, stands for: Never Again Volunteer Yourself! But seriously, do you become motion-sick? Are you claustrophobic? Living quarters aboard ships are usually cramped, and even worse aboard submarines. Hot-bunking is not uncommon. You might be: sougeeing the bulkheads, overheads, passageways, swabbing the decks, chipping, and painting bulkheads, decks, overheads, standing watch, etc., you could be tasked with any number of menial duties not related to cooking, but mainly, life as a sailor. You would be a sailor, primarily, and a cook, secondarily. You would first, see a Recruiter, take the ASVAB, go to MEPS. You would not be joining the Navy as a chef, but as a Recruit, go to Boot Camp at CNIC/NSGL, and then do your AIT at an A School to become: MOS/CS. The Chef in the Galley is called a Chief Steward. Perhaps a Sailor could correct me on these details.
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The U.S. Military has really done an excellent job of training their cooks, and some of the best cooks might even have the opportunity to compete on the USACAT. Some of the best Navy cooks might even cook at the Whitehouse, or a foreign embassy. The Navy works in conjunction with the ACF.
Whatever you decide, be committed, and do it. Once you sign the contract, your butt belongs to Uncle Sam[at least, until you receive the DD Form 214]! Good luck.
Edited by TheUnknownCook - 2/9/11 at 4:00pm