Pizza! Everybody Loves Pizza, But…
(See M. Johnson, pp. 76–77, December 2016 Proceedings)
Commander Mark Swinger, U.S. Navy––Kudos to Commander Johnson for his excellent analysis on why we all lose with the current Navy standard core menu. It is easy for everyone to complain about the food on board ship, but Commander Johnson actually tells us why simply heating up frozen food and serving it is bad for everyone. His analysis and reasoning strongly support a change to this frustrating program.
The sailors are not happy with the food, and the sailors who joined the Navy with the intention of actually learning how to cook and take that skill-set with them after the Navy are left wanting. Even worse, I have seen over five deployments that the morale of our hard-working culinary specialists (CSs, or a Navy Occupational Code of B650) has taken a hit. This is especially troubling since one of the primary reasons given for the Navy moving away from the long-running enlisted rating program was to ensure that sailors would be better trained and qualified for employment in the civilian sector after separating or retiring from the service.