Chef

Royal Logistic Corps

Become a qualified chef and travel the world

“Watching the guys’ morale grow when they see the food on exercise and ops is without doubt the best bit of the job.”

Feeding an Army is a big job, but also a vital one. Our soldiers need solid meals to keep them going and that’s where you come in. As an Army Chef you will provide healthy food wherever you are and whatever the conditions. You cook for everyone from new recruits to royalty; serving up tasty meals – even out in the field. You also learn about administration, finance and storage, as well as picking up qualifications and enjoying all aspects of Army life: exercise, ranges, sports, travel and great mates too. It’s an amazing experience.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Feed soldiers around the world, from meals in the field to silver service dining for functions.
  • Work as part of a small team or as an individual, relied upon to deliver daily meals to your colleagues.
  • Learn to work under pressure, delivering meals with limited ingredients and equipment.
  • Gain experience in administration, finance, accounting, storage and distribution as well as catering skills.
  • Get qualifications that will benefit you in civilian hotel and catering industries.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.


Step 2
You’ll then spend 18 weeks at the Defence Food Service Wing at Worthy Down. First you learn about food and personal hygiene. Then we let you into the kitchen. You have the chance to get a Level 2 qualification in Health & Safety. Training ends with four weeks of field catering, including five days learning Basic Close Combat Skills.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications required

FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Level 1 Food Safety, Health and Safety
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 Healthier Foods, Diets
  • Get higher level qualifications as your career progresses

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“I enlisted into the RLC in 2008 as a Chef. I have since completed postings in Germany, Edinburgh and Abingdon. I’ve deployed to Canada on numerous occasions, as well as the Falklands, Gibraltar and Kenya, providing catering support to deployed troops on exercise and operations. I’ve also worked from the main kitchen supporting up to 1,300 personnel and from numerous Messes where I’ve developed higher culinary skills. I’ve pursued my interest in kayaking, raising money for charity in the process. I take real pride in what I deliver, both as a Chef and a soldier.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You start by training to be a soldier with your Reserve unit.


Step 2
Then you’ll learn to be a Chef over 2 weeks. Training is designed to fit in with your day job as far as possible.:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications required

FITNESS: Lift 20kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Level 2 in Food Hygiene

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

FROM THE FIELD

“I joined the Army Reserve to seek new challenges and to meet like-minded people – and I haven’t been disappointed. I have completed two tours; Herrick and Tosca, and also exercised in America, Morocco, Gibraltar, Kenya, Germany and France. I’ve been part of the British Culinary Arts team winning various awards, including a Gold Best in Class. If sport is your thing, then, 167 Regt RLC is the place to be. I have represented the Regiment in netball, Nordic skiing and endurance mountain biking and taken part in a three-week sailing expedition to Lanzarote.” – Corporal Fowler

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.