Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time, Part Time
Cooks prepare nutritious food items and meals for Canadian Armed Forces members and National Defence employees.
Their responsibilities are to:
A Cook may work in a variety of environments within Canada, or overseas on deployments. The majority of all Cooks are employed at bases and wings while the others serve with land-based operational units or onboard ships and submarines.
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Learn more about Basic Training here.
Cooks attend a training course at the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center (CFLTC) in Borden, Ontario. Based on a combination of theory, demonstration and practical hands-on experience, Cooks will learn the following basic skills:
Cooks may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training. Specialty courses include:
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec, including Grade 10 general (workplace) math or math 414/CTS 4 in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
If you already have a college diploma or certificate in food services or culinary arts, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan(NCM STEP)
Because this position requires specialty training, the Forces will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM-STEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full-pay in exchange for working with the Forces for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the Forces and the appropriate college.
Learn more about our Paid Education programs here.
This position is available for part-time employment with the Army, Navy and Air Force at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time at a Reserve Force Division in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.
Cooks serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army or Royal Canadian Air Force. They are employed preparing food items and meals for Forces members and National Defence employees. Cooks employed on a part-time or casual full-time basis usually serve at a military base, wing, home port or ship located within Canada.
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic military training, basic occupational skills training for Cooks is conducted at the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre (CFLTC) in Borden, Ontario. Following this, they further gain practical experience through an on-the-job training program.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 92.8% of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.