Culinary Overview


Military Sealift Command’s Culinary department is a branch of of the Supply department along with the Logistics department. MSC recruits skilled culinary professionals to work in shipboard kitchens worldwide.  As a culinary professional, your duties and responsibilities may include progressive cooking techniques, menu development, healthy recipe development/preparation, preparing entrees utilizing the Armed Forces Recipe Service and local recipes and instructions. You’ll need knowledge of and the ability to safely operate various food service equipment.  Following health and sanitation protocols associated with the food service operation including procedures associated with storing and utilizing leftovers and unused portions are critical for these positions.

MSC regularly hosts job fairs for those interested in a maritime career. We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds such as veterans, civilian mariners, maritime school graduates and more to attend and learn more about a maritime job or career. For more information about MSC employment and the application process, click the Career Avenues button to the right that best matches your background or find a job fair near you.

For a complete description of duties and requirements, click the positions listed below.

In addition to your primary position, interested CIVMARs may apply to serve in our Surface Rescue Swimmer Program (SRS) as a collateral duty. Contact a recruiter for additional requirements/qualifications.

PositionsBase Salary
Chief Steward$46,442
Steward Cook$40,401
Chief Cook$40,114
Second Cook$38,335
Cook / Baker$34,745
Assistant Cook$34,745

Current Open Culinary Positions

The following  positions in the culinary department are now accepting applications.

Steward Cook

Steward Cook

Announcement opens 22 January 2018 continuously with periodic cut-offs.

The Steward Cook is a Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.