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Cook for everyone from hungry soldiers in the field, to VIPs at state ceremonies. Get skilled, qualified and enjoy an incredible Army life.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed
Army chef

Feeding our troops anywhere, anyhow!


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.

The Royal Logistic Corps are the Army’s professional logisticians keeping the Field Army marching, its helicopters flying, its vehicles moving and its tanks and guns firing. We enable its deployment and supply it with everything it needs, wherever it operates, throughout the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Provide healthy food wherever you are and whatever the conditions. You also learn about administration, finance and storage.

  • Located across the UK and Northern Ireland; working closely with industry partners and improving your skills in a commercial environment.

  • You could be deployed worldwide– wherever the British Army has a presence.

  • Attend classroom and work-based learning events and gain qualifications up to degree level.

  • Earn your category B Driving License

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    Army Reserve standards

    • Mid Thigh Pull: 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw: 2m 70cm

    • MSFT (beep test): Level 5 shuttle 8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), 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'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 and Safety. Training ends with four weeks of field catering, including five days learning Basic Close Combat Skills. You will earn your category B driving license at the Defence School of Transport

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Levels 1 and 2 - Functional Skills

  • Level 2 - Production Chef

  • Level 3 - Senior Production Chef Cooking

  • Levels 2 and 3 - Health and Safety

  • Levels 2, 3 and 4 - Nutrition

  • Level 3 - Education and Training

  • Levels 3 and 4 - Facilities Management

  • Opportunity to earn category B Driving License

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

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.

More about the joining process

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