Would going into the navy at 18 to be a chef be a decent job choice??

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  2. Yes if that's what you want to do.
  3. Well yeah but do you know what it'd be like as a chef ? - would you say the pay is good?

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  4. Agree with guzzler, you could do a hell of a lot worse.
  5. Depends on your frame of reference. Gordon Ramsay is a multi-millionaire, that ex pusser chef on the telly is also doing quite well despite being caught out as a bit of a Walt for saying he cooked at the White House. But when Gordon was your age he was a footballer with a career ending knee injury, living in Paris in a room the size of a toilet living on sammiches and hope. So if you want to be a chef for a living, you might say a living wage and a place to live was a pretty good start in the trade. You will be less well paid than a nuclear submariner with watchkeeping certs, or a diver, or pilot, but they earn their coin, be in no doubt.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Being a Chef is hard work, long hours and you have hundreds of food critics analysing your performance daily - unlike most jobs.

    The training is first class, the skills transferable & the earnings potential when you leave, good. As a Chef submariner, you'll earn £300 a month more than a non submariner. Promotion can be quite rapid if you stay long enough. No-one in the Armed Forces is paid a rock star wage, even the Surgeons. If money is the primary motivator, think about the private sector rather than the military.

    Waiting times to join? Less than six months.
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  7. If you are thinking of joining up as a chef, just for the money, I would hazard to suggest that this might not be the job for you.

    However, if you enjoy cooking and hard work, and you have the skin of a rhino, then this might be up your street :chef:

    Ninja has it about spot on.
  8. If money is the primary motivator, think about the private sector rather than the military. Not as a chef Ninja, the pay is shit and the hours are even longer than the good old Andrew..unless of course you own your own business and are in possesion of 1 or 2 mitchelin stars, starting out as a bog standard low life chef is ferkin hard work.
  9. It's the hardest course in the military,no one has ever passed it,it's like doing a kit muster three times a day when at sea.....;-). Or so Sharkey our killick chef used to say! Top chef by the way!

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  10. Didn't take long for that old gem to surface :sleepy2:

    (See what I did there!)
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  11. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    There was a chef in the Army who had passed the course.

    He was killed immediately.

    But to be honest, i never had a problem with our sloppies. They were a good bunch and they could rustle up decent scoff in my opinion. Don't listen to the naysayers, if you fancy it, go for it. It's hard graft mind.
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  12. There are worse jobs that you could do, inside and outside of the Andrew. I was a RN Chef at 18 and dont regret any of it. I have progressed up through the ranks and have no intentions of cooking when I leave..... unless I have to. And the beauty of it is, I have got those skills to fallback on if I need/want to. There have been periods where I have been on leave for 2 months in between drafts and I worked in a restaraunt for one month. I even worked some weekends if I needed the cash. I would fully recommend it. It is genuinely hard work
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  13. Cheers for the feedback. I'm in the mindset as 'dixie_gooner' no intention on being a chef when I leave. Honestly guys my main goal for joining isn't the money, it's more towards that I want to learn a life skill while experiencing something new and different and also learn some discipline!!! Also I would like to try and save as much money as I can, rather than going out and wasting it on SHIT like I'm doing now.

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  14. Also how much of the world do you get to actually see?? Or is it just false advertising ??

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  15. Cooking most definitely isn't for you then. You'll be out on the lash at every opportunity, pissing your hard earned wages up against a wall :)

    Edited to add, As do most matelots, no matter the branch
  16. Haha!! I meant like clothes and crap like that, I mean I would drink but I'm a major lightweight so even if I did I'd only be on 3 pints !! BUT, it is best to know all this before signing up to anything

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  17. Not for long you won't be :chef: :drunken:
  18. You won't be wasting it on clothes most chefs look like they wear what oxfam binned.
  19. Haha fair enough!! So do you think I should consider a different job if I want to save most of my money??

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  20. Blackrat

    Blackrat War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Yes. Become a chef in civvy street.

    As has been previously stated, you do seem to spend a lot of money having fun in the military. As George Best once put it "I've spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars. The rest i've wasted."

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