I have been active duty for 9 years now. I was a line cook for about 2 yrs prior to entering. I thought I wanted different, but ever since joining I've dreamed of getting back in the kitchen and eventually open my very own restaurant or catering service! Alas, here I am now with a wife and children to watch out for and would never be able to find a job in the civilian sector with the security I have. So, the only thing I can look forward to is to continue with my military career and take advantage of tuition assistance and prepare for a second career after the military.
That being said, I am unable to gain the experience that someone in the civilian world can by working hard on the line. What would be a good route to secure a future in the culinary arts? Taking night classes at local colleges would be difficult due to my job and possibility of moving at any time, so I usually stick to online courses. Would an online degree in the management field from a school like LCB be worth my time and money? Then when I get out, I can utilize my GI Bill to complete my hands on items. Or am I doomed to the life of a hobbyist?
Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. I'm glad I found this site...I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy it. Cheers!