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Food Preparation Workers

Also called: Diet Aide, Dietary Aide, Food Service Worker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook)

Where in the Army? In the Army: Food Service Specialist

What they do:
Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.
On the job, you would:
  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • CBORD NetRecipe
  • Culinary Software Services ChefTec
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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