Culinary specialist (United States Navy)

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Culinary specialist
Rating Badge CS.jpg
Rating insignia
Issued by United States Navy
Type Enlisted rating
Abbreviation CS
Specialty Main Space Engineering
A culinary specialist buttering loaves of bread aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington

Culinary specialist (abbreviated CS) is a United States Navy occupational rating. It was formerly the mess management specialist (MS) rating until 15 January 2004,[1] and commissaryman (CS) and steward (SD) prior to 1975.[2]


In the past the rate was limited to African-Americans and Filipino Americans.[3]


Culinary specialists operate and manage U.S. Navy messes and living quarters in addition to many other duties including but not limited to:

  • Estimate quantities and kinds of foodstuffs required.
  • Assist supply officers in ordering and storage of subsistence items and procurement of equipment and mess gear.
  • Check delivery for quantity and assist medical personnel in inspection for quality.
  • Prepare menus and plan, prepare, serve, and gun-deck meals.
  • Maintain food service spaces and associated equipment in a clean and sanitary condition, including storerooms and refrigerated spaces.
  • Maintain records of financial transactions and submit required reports.
  • Maintain, oversee, and manage quarters afloat and ashore.[4]

Navy culinary specialists run the White House mess for the President of the United States.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mess Management Specialist Rating Name Changes". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Navy Ratings". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Marech, Rona (21 September 2008). "In Navy, a world apart". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Navy enlisted manpower and personnel classifications". Bureau of Naval Personnel. US Navy. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Culinary Specialist Career Roadmap" (PDF). Bureau of Naval Personnel. US Navy. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 

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