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10 Jan 2010 01:16 AM
    FOOD SERVICE SPECIALIST (FS)


    To view a video of this rate, click here.

    Food service specialists receive top training in cooking skills, accounting, management, leadership, and the ability to organize and carry out many tasks. They also will learn equipment use and safety; recipe conversions; basic food preparation skills and terminology; baking; sanitation; purchasing; storage; nutrition and wellness cooking; and dining-facility management. Being an FS provides excellent preparation and training in the fields of restaurant management, catering, cooking or a variety of other jobs in the food service industries.

    Types of Duty:

    Food service specialists can be found in just about every duty station available throughout the United States and various locations overseas. They serve on every Coast Guard cutter, from harbor tugs to icebreakers.

    Training Available:

    You'll start your career in this field with either 12 weeks of specialized instruction at FS 'A' School in Petaluma, Calif., or with on-the-job training. After initial study and some time improving your skills, further training is available in accounting; administration; advanced culinary skills involving nutritional cooking; and advanced pastry/baking skills. There is also an annual award program that recognizes the Coast Guard's most outstanding FS and galley teams. The "Food Specialist of the Year" awardees receive two weeks of culinary training at a prestigious culinary arts school. Training may be applied toward the member's certified executive chef credentials.

    Qualifications:

    To be an FS, you should have an interest in food preparation; an ability to understand and apply instruction and procedures for handling food; and good mathematical background for recipe conversions. Also, you should have high standards of personal cleanliness, and an education in food service and hospitality or experience in food service is helpful.

    Related Civilian Jobs:

    Chef
    Restaurant Manager
    Caterer
    Baker
    Cook


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    02 Feb 2010 03:52 PM
    Do the FS people get to have any fun or are they stuck in the kitchen all day?
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    02 Feb 2010 05:58 PM
    My daughter is an FS 3 on her cutter and they do their fair share of cooking but they also have several other "jobs" that they fill in for. She is a strong swimmer and has been on some boardings even to do light rescue swimming if need be. As they progress in their carreers, (she will be an FS2 soon) she is no longer doing the duty cooking, she does more of the ordering, managing etc. I think as in all things, it varies widely with the ship, commands, and any strengths and weaknesses each Coastie shows.

    On a side note, it amuses me that my daughter has always wanted to be a chef.....as I don't cook!! I guess she decided that if she wanted to eat, she better learn!!


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    05 Feb 2010 12:35 AM
    I have herd that the "majority" of perople who pick FS are assigned to cutters, is this correct?

    Also, I have herd that you can advance much faster and obtain more of a leadership role than other rates, is this correct or false information?
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    05 Feb 2010 07:33 AM
    I don't know that answer to that. My opinion is that anyone that is willing to work hard will make it and advance no matter what the rate. Once again - just my opinion. Seems to me the Coast Guard gives everyone the opportunity & training to advance. I certainly would not go any one rate just to get "ahead: faster. You have to love it. In our case, my daughter has wanted to go to culinary school since she was a young child. If you don't love it - think twice or three times!


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    05 Feb 2010 12:23 PM
    Advancement in the CG solely depends on the individual. A hard working squared away Coastie will advance faster than one who is not. Advancement affords the opportunity for leadership.

    Cooks are located at just about every CG unit, including cutters. Seeing as how this is a sea going service EXPECT and EMBRACE going to sea. Keep in mind that cutter sizes and missions vary. 378s don't have the same missions or schedules as 225s, 175s, 140s, 87s, etc.


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    05 Feb 2010 05:32 PM
    Thanks for the input!
    Gears- don't assume that I am trying to get away from cutters. I simply was asking a broad yes or no question to confirm or deny the information being told to me. I do except and embrace going to sea. Maybe I only want cutters and want to know if I have better odds of getting one in FS.
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    05 Feb 2010 06:20 PM
    AET2b,

    Don't assume I'm assuming anything. You asked about sea duty, I provided an answer.


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    05 Feb 2010 06:38 PM
    out of curiosity... It is my understanding that there are not a lot of cutters that have billets for women, so as a women if I were to pick FS then would I have a better chance of getting some sea time, or am I still more likely to get assigned to a station? And then, what kind of fun stuff do you get do do as a FS at a station?
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    05 Feb 2010 06:41 PM
    Now this is just an assumption , but when I assumed that you assumed, I assumed that we were just assuming. :)

    thanks for your answer.
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    If you are a female you can only be assigned to cutters with female berthing. In the case of 87's there will have to be a minimum of 2 females in any combination. CO/non rate, BM2/FS2, etc.

    At stations FSs get to cook fun meals for the crew that handles the long, hard operational hours. Typically, the cooks finish the final meal, clean up, and go home for the night.


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    Don't know about smaller cutters but on a 378 - they cook round the clock.  They have night bakers and they have duty cooks that cook for the night watchstanders etc.  When they are in port - it's a whole lot more relaxed but when out to sea, they really work around the clock. As you can see -FS is still on the critical rate list so most billets are short on the FS's which means they work even more hours.  I am down at the Sand Island Coast Guard station here in Honolulu alot and notice that they have the FS's from the Jarvis and Rush cooking in the Land Galley when they are in port as well.   


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    05 Feb 2010 11:36 PM
    sounds like one of those jobs where you would be required to work longer shifts than other rates, and get there earlier than most, leave later than most, and be in a hot kitchen all the time... Sounds fun.

    Bored, very interesting....
    I assumed it was going to be some CG related FS video....
    LMAO!!
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    07 Feb 2010 02:09 AM
    FS is a cake job (no pun intended). i work 2 on 2 off with sliding weekends, only 15 days a month. now that's at a sector, it would be completely different if i were attached to a boat. FS is a great job but you half to have a joy for cooking or you would hate it.
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    20 Feb 2011 09:33 PM
    Sorry for what may be a silly question but my wife is curious, if she has a bachelors in culinary business managment, would there be a chance she could get a guarantee spot as fs and would she still need to go to boot camp?
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    20 Feb 2011 09:35 PM
    She would still need to go to boot camp, but she can get a guaranteed school prior to enlisting! Have her contact a recruiter!
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    21 Feb 2011 01:13 AM
    Only thing is she knows she can't make it through boot camp due to her medical problems, she has spondo of her back . Spondo is a floating disc cuz she broke her back when she was a kid
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    21 Feb 2011 06:20 AM
    Then she would not be allowed in the military. You can't join and skip boot for medical reasons. All enlisted persnnel in the military must go through boot camp.
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    08 Mar 2011 07:14 PM
    I was just wondering if anyone can tell me what it will be like at A School. I start July 5th as long as everything goes well in boot, which Im sure it will. I was just wondering what the day to day life is like at School?
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    19 Mar 2011 10:53 PM
    this sounds sort of like a fun rate! I like to bake, and I make some mean chocolate chip cookies My recruiter told me that A-school for FS was guaranteed...does that mean I would go immediately after boot, or still have to wait four months? I think I'd like to be a non rate for a while and truly understand what the coast guard is all about first... I'm simply curious about how the process works!
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    20 Mar 2011 11:03 AM
    I am going to boot camp in 9 days, and after I get out I am going straight to FS School afterwards.
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    Posted By mtrue711 on 20 Mar 2011 11:03 AM
    I am going to boot camp in 9 days, and after I get out I am going straight to FS School afterwards.

    Oh cool thanks.  Keep us posted on what it's like! And good luck at boot!
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    RE: "I am down at the Sand Island Coast Guard station here in Honolulu alot and notice that they have the FS's from the Jarvis and Rush cooking in the Land Galley when they are in port as well. "...
     
    When the Jarvis, Rush or any other cutter arrives back to homeport, they usually go through a maintenance period. Thus, the cooks are left with nothing do if the galley is closed aboard the ship. This also means that they have to get their food from somewhere, most times it comes from the galley at the BSU. The FS's that go to the galley and help out are only doing this temporarily until their cutter/galley is back up and running again. 
     Also, if an issue arises and one of the FS's from one of the ships' needs a place to work, they are usually sent to the BSU galley.
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    14 Sep 2011 12:00 PM
    Just checking in as someone who is interested in FS. I have been all over the place with my interests, but am starting to realize that if I enlist, I should do something which I personally enjoy and which would be challenging. It seems like FS fits that bill, while also giving me the opportunity to get some more management experience.
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    14 Dec 2011 01:02 PM
    my A school starts on 3/26/2012 & i get out of basic on 2/24/12, what am i going to do between that break ?
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    14 Dec 2011 01:50 PM
    You will still go to the A school and day work until your school starts.
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    15 Dec 2011 12:26 AM
    ohh okay, thanks (:
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    Does anyone know how they decide how to divvy up the assignments after FS A-school? I realize that it's firstly based on whatever is in the best interest of the military, but other than that, is it mostly performance based? ie. will the top performers in the class will have a better chance of getting one of their top few choices on their dream sheet? Or is it based on something else?
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    There are multiple factors that are considered when assigning duty stations. However, FS is slightly different only because the great majority of people going into the FS rate are coming straight out of boot camp. So those other factors don't play so heavily in the decision making process. With that being said, one of the factors is performance based. Since the possibility of the other factors greatly diminishes for that particular rate, that is probably the key factor to look at when getting an assignment.
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