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Culinary specialist
Rating Badge CS.jpg
Rating insignia
Issued by: United States Navy
Type Enlisted rating
Abbreviation CS
Specialty Administration

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 as commissaryman (CS) and steward (SD) prior to 1975.[2]


Culinary specialists operate and manage US Navy messes and living quarters established to subsist and accommodate naval personnel 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, and serve 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.[3]

Navy culinary specialists run the White House mess for the President of the United States.[4]

See also


  1. “Mess Management Specialist Rating Name Changes”. U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  2. “Navy Ratings”. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  3. “Navy enlisted manpower and personnel classifications”. Bureau of Naval Personnel. US Navy. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  4. “Culinary Specialist Career Roadmap”. Bureau of Naval Personnel. US Navy. Retrieved 2013-07-19.