Chef

Royal Logistic Corps

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

Could you help to feed the British Army anywhere in every environment?

AS CHEFS, WE ARE AT THE HEART OF UNIT LIFE. FEEDING OUR ARMY IS A BIG JOB AND ALSO A VITAL ONE. OUR SOLDIERS NEED SOLID MEALS TO KEEP THEM GOING - AND THAT'S WHERE WE COME IN.

Even the best locations and adventures would be meaningless without outstanding food services supporting our soldiers. You could be a part of the team whose role is a lot more than just food. As Army chefs, our skills and motivation to deliver the necessary supplies, even in the most challenging environments, are what make us unique.

We deliver the best experience to our units every day; from state banquets and fine dining to supporting humanitarian and disaster intervention across the world. In return, the Army offers the fantastic experiences, including: travel, Adventurous Training and opportunities to develop skills outside of the trade.

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 handling 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
Next, you will undertake your 15-week Combat Logistician course at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield. During this, you will earn your Category C+E Driving Licence and study general service driver modules. This training also gives you the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge on the Royal Logistic Corps functions and roles.

Step 3
You'll then spend 18 weeks at the Defence Food Service Wing at Worthy Down. First, you'll learn about food and personal hygiene. Then you start working in the kitchen where you have the chance to earn 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 needed
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Levels 1 & 2 - Functional Skills
  • Level 2 - Production Chef
  • Level 3 - Senior Production Chef Cooking
  • Levels 2 & 3 - Health & Safety
  • Levels 2,3 & 4 - Nutrition
  • Level 3 - Education & Training
  • Levels 3 & 4 - Facilities Management

Rank Progression

As a Chef your career you could progress through the following ranks: Commis Chef (Private), Demi Chef de Partie (Lance Corporal), Chef de Partie (Corporal), Sous-Chef de cuisine (Sergeant), Executive-Chef de cuisine (Warrant Officer Class 2) and Strategic Planner (Warrant Officer Class 1).

Learn more about rank progression.

Pay and 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

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.

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 - 42 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 in Food Hygiene

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 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.

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